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Cereal for Supper: The Best Days

There’s a cute scene in the movie “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” where the parents are taking Timothy to school for the first time. Cindy has packed his backpack with way more than he needs and is super nervous to send him off for the first time. As Timothy is waving bye to them, Jim tells him to “Have a great day!” Cindy emphatically whispers “That’s too much pressure!” So Jim quickly follows up with “Have the day you have!”

Boy, if “Have The Day You Have” is not the mantra of parenting some days, I don’t know what is. We all talk about doing our best, but our best sure does look different each day! A few weeks ago, I was taking the trash out of my bathroom, intending to get it to the outside can before the truck came by. Later that day, I’m in my closet, look down, and there sits that bag of trash. Laughing, I realize that I don’t even remember setting it down there. Arguably, this might speak more to my tendency to get distracted and less to serving as an example of the changing look of a “best effort”. But hang on while we unpack that a little bit. 

With kids settled in for the Fall semester, and Fall sports in full swing, the push for excellence has returned to the front of our minds. Having a great day/practice/game/test/match is the goal and working towards that on the daily is a good habit to build. There will be days when our best puts a Dub in the Win/Loss column, and those days are so fun. But you know what, some days, we’re going to leave our trash in the closet. Because for every one of us, today’s best might be hitting the treadmill and leveling up on our program. And sometimes… today’s best is simply just making the walk to the machine. Robots and computer programs run the same way every day. You, my friend, are thankfully neither one of those. 

Now, lest it sound as though I’m “should’ing” on you, understand that my thought here is not to add some self-improvement thing to your to-do list. You have enough on there, I’m sure. I’m still here to tell you to remember that, sometimes, cereal for supper is perfectly fine. Instead, think of this as a high five for each time you practice saying “it’s ok!” to a mistake or a minor lapse in the pursuit of excellence. Step One to getting your virtual high five will happen when you say to yourself the same thing you’d say to a good friend who had made the same mistake. Step Two is to make sure you’ve defined excellence in a way that doesn’t include the idea of perfection. Call it a filter-free way of living!

The ebb and flow of life can cause us to have days where we slay all the dragons and days where we can barely spell the word dragon. There will be days that our kids bring home top grades and homeruns, and days where they lose their keys and spill coffee on the dog. Or leave trash in the closet. But with grace and some humor in our mindset, we can be okay with the best that each day is able to bring.

About The Author

Leah O'Gwynn Kackley

Leah O'Gwynn Kackley grew up in the Reservoir/Brandon and Jackson area. She holds a Mathematics degree from Mississippi University for Women where she was also a soloist with the dance department. Now, she lives with her husband, Jason, in the Rez/Fannin area and homeschools their busy kids. In her rare free time, she is also a photographer and owns Sanomo Photo, named for Sarah, Noah, and Molly - her favorite students ever. They all attend Grace Primitive Baptist Church.

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