Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dear Calm-Before-the-Storm

Dear Calm-Before-the-Storm,

You are the unsuspecting peace that sometimes seems too-good-to-be-true.  We oftentimes don't even notice you, and other times you are so eerily overwhelming that there warrants cause for alarm for what's about to come.

A few weeks ago, New Year came and went.  The house went from post-holiday messy to impeccably spotless; the kiddos went back to school for academic and daily routine; and I pulled on my winter skin to get ready to brave our cold, blustery January.  I felt like we stepped into 2013 on the right foot.

One nice weekday afternoon after school while Dear Son quietly read his books, I had the opportunity to sneak up on him to snap a picture.  I adore such moments of calm, when he is completely engrossed in his own little world.  The air is quiet, his mind is engaged, and my heart is content.

So what is it about this sort of peace that made me suddenly think, "Hmmm, we've all had a relatively healthy winter so far"?  I'm not sure, because you know what happens immediately when that thought leaves your mind as nonchalantly as it came to it?

Someone gets sick.  

That very night, DS had a temperature.  He stayed home the next day, and Dear Husband and I began taking vitamin C.  DH swears by vitamin C to counter colds.  I don't exactly know why, because he always gets sick as soon as one of the kiddos get sick.  I, on the other hand, had always been graced by Mommy Immunity all these years since Dear Daughter and DS came to be.  Well, someone had to hold the fort while the kiddos and the hubby were sick, and that brave, against-all-odds person was none other than yours truly.

Well, up until this year.  

For whatever reason, DH and I switched roles this year.  Twice have I been sick with the kiddos since they started this school year, while DH went about his days happily taking his vitamin C.  So down goes DS on day one, and DD descends on day three, while I follow suit on day four.  But all this is just the precursor to the storm.  The eye has yet to come.

Let's just say that I am currently engaged in something that I am not at liberty to talk about until it is completely over (and of course, by saying just that, I've totally just told you what exactly it is).  After which I will have plenty to write say.  So for the time being, I'd like for you to enjoy my calm-before-the-storm, and then go storm-chasing with me when I come back.  (If you think I've been quiet here and on my regular social media outlets, this is my lame attempt at letting you know all's well but I cannot talk about it.  Yet.)

Other than the fact that by now, DS is as good as new, DD and I are almost recovered, and poor DH is sick as a dog.

Could it be that the gigantic bottle of vitamin C that DH and I have been popping has long been expired months ago?  Hmmm. 

But more on that and what I've been up to after I've picked up all the pieces in the aftermath of my big storm.  Please stay tuned.

So, Dear Calm-Before-the-Storm, whether you are the period during which particles of matter come to a standstill to prepare for the impending chaos, or you are just a normal part of the ebb and flow of Life's Ripples, I shall learn to enjoy your presence while you're around.  Cuz goodness knows you are the Potential Energy to counter that Kinetic Energy of a massive storm.

<Insert some quiet, ominous cloud formation here>.

See you at the end of the rainbow.



  1. "you are the Potential Energy to counter that Kinetic Energy of a massive storm"...awesome statement. Very true. Looking forward to details and glad you're on the mend.

    1. Thank you, Cindy! Details finally published--and we're almost all illness-free!

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    1. Thank you for reading, Sean. The reveal is live--at least part I of II. :)

  3. Oh you poor family, glad everyone is getting on the mends. What is this news? Are you expecting? New teaching opp? What?

    1. Hi, Lisa! No, not pregnant! I thought everyone would know when I said "I can't talk about it until it's over." But I guess in hindsight that's still a little vague. Jury duty. And man, do I have a lot of catching up to do with life in general...

  4. I am so intrigued! Can't wait for the update on your news!!

    I hope everyone is just about over the winter colds in your house. We've been exchanging several colds back and forth since New Year's Eve. So ready for cold season to be over with!

    1. Thanks, Rachael! We are almost done with the yucky colds. DH is just about back to good health. My update is posted, but really the meat of it is still to come. And it's not at all pleasant, so all this writing is really my therapy... Thanks for reading!

  5. You haven't given away what you're going through, but you've piqued my curiosity. I hope all is well and I'll keep you in my prayers. I do hope it is a 'good' storm and not the oh-my-gosh-I-might-not-make-it kind of storm.

    Hang in there - I'll see you on the other side (of whatever it is that's going on)!

    1. Hello to you, Janna, on the other side! Now that it's all done and over with, yes, all is well, but a little part of me is laced with sadness and uncertainty. It was a good storm in some ways, but also one that I will never forget. I hope you read on!