Well, I had a bad day today. I was frustrated with lots of different things and knew I was hitting my limit at about 10:00 this morning when I found myself saying, "I HATE THIS STAPLER. THIS IS THE DUMBEST STAPLER IN THE WORLD."
After those words came out of my mouth I realized, "WHOA, TIME TO CALM IT ON DOWN."
And so calm down I did, in the form of a lunchtime trip to the mall with two other paralegals. Because sometimes you just need to spend thirty minutes trying on shoes that you can only afford in your dreams or the case of an unexpected financial windfall.
Tonight I re-read my last blog post, and Emily's calm greeting in the face of a time constraint reminded me of one of my favorite Emily stories.
Emily was a freshman in high school and was going to her first big school dance. Her friend was picking her up at 6:30, and yet at about 6:12 Emily was laying on her bed in her bathrobe, painting her nails with not even a hint of urgency. I went upstairs to gently encourage Emily to GET A MOVE ON while my mom made her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich so she could at least have something to eat before she left for the dance.
While my mom was in the kitchen, Emily finally put on her outfit - a pretty, flowy, cream colored dress. My mom brought the sandwich up to Emily and then the two of us waited in the living room so Emily could finish her last minute primping.
About five minutes later Emily came down the steps.
"Hey mom, can I have a wet cloth?" she asked.
"Sure," my mom said, "Is everything okay?"
"Yep everything's fine." Emily said, with the calmest voice in the world. "I just sat on my sandwich."
Sat. On. Her. Sandwich.
And in the process, got grape jelly on that pretty, flowy, cream colored dress.
And it didn't bother her in the slightest. She just wiped the grape jelly off the dress and off she went to the dance. I admire her ability to stay calm in stressful situations. This coming from the girl who almost hurled her stapler out the window this morning after one simple jam.
I'm off to buy some new office supplies.