This has been a week of high and lows. The high came when a medical doctor examined my middle son, and for an hour I plucked each worry, concern, problem off my shoulders and gave them to her to manage. The relief lasted the rest of the day and into the next.

Two contractors came to the house this week to look at, measure, and give estimates for the repair of 2 areas in the house. Each arrived in a sleek new model truck, dressed in jeans, one with a very smart leather jacket. Both gave very high estimates, and with each I suggested that a “cadillac” of a repair job might not fit in with the rest of the look in this 110 year old house. Neither paid any attention to my concern, and both handed me exorbitant estimates.

Today another difficult moment with my son, in public, After, I went for a long walk. Two blocks later I crossed a street, a woman driving a truck honked repeatedly at me and glared through her window when I looked up at the sound. Why the honking? Because I was walking across the street? I didn’t realize I was expected to look behind me to see if someone traveling parallel to me was preparing to make a right turn and cross my path as I crossed the street.

She should NOT have done that. I try to live by my a standard of behavior. The employees of the phone company nearly drove me mad yesterday. My son today. Then “her.” In one moment I realized I was in over my head, because I had flipped her off and accompanied the gesture with the standard two word offensive epitaph. So much for my integrity.

Okay, to end on a positive note here… As I walked I passed a church sign that said: Peace begins with a smile. Yeah I like that. A smile can make lots of things better. Now that I’ve said that, I’ll have to go find something to make me smile, cause it sure has been a rough week.
Hope your days have smiles in them. Take care.

**A handmade card, above, copyrighted by me. The saying: “If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes.” That’s about right, with a smile on top!