Today we had one of THOSE days. Part of it is that we have moved from having a kid and a baby to having two headstrong kids… now that we have two (very strong) full sets of opinions and desires, our parental job description needs to include a new duty: referee. This is a new one and we are slowly finding our way.
Today we also had Stroller Strides – I was teaching, both kids were riding side by side in the double jogger. Nine days out of ten, teaching with both of them along for the ride is a blast. They entertain me and the other moms with their observations and song requests, and welcome their little friends as they arrive for class. On that tenth day – like today – they spend most of the class trying to out-grump each other. One of the most amazing things about working out with a group of moms who also have young kids, however, is that every one of them understands that it is always someone’s turn to have THAT DAY. There is nothing quite like that support system, and it has seen all of us through these trying days with far more grace than we would otherwise have mustered.
Today we also had to go get groceries. We really, really had to after a weekend spent playing and eating and not shopping. The only vegetable left in the house was frozen green beans and some celery, and I’m pretty creative but can only do so much with those. So, despite our morning, to the grocery store we went. Game face on, determined to get through it as pleasantly as possible, knowing it might not end well.
We made it – sort of. We did in fact get all the items on the list, and made it all the way to the checkout line before the meltdowns came. About half of our groceries had made it over the scanner when the storm came. One thing I will say for my kids – they have some impressive lungs. Hopefully some day their volume will serve them well.
Here is why any of this is relative to this blog: I was okay. Not that I enjoyed the screaming, or the looks from the other occupants of the store – but I didn’t join the kids in their screams, or sit down on the floor and cry along with them. And I realized on the drive home that over the past couple years with Stroller Strides I have built not only physical endurance, but a reserve of emotional endurance and patience that I did not have when regular exercise was not part of my life. With every lunge I have done, I have strengthened my quads – and my tolerance. With every mile I have run, I have strengthened my heart, my legs – and my ability to remain calm.
A friend of mine interviewed my last night for an article, and asked me what changes Stroller Strides has made in my life. There have been tons of changes, a lot of them physical, but the most valuable change is that I am emotionally stronger because of the support given and received in this network of moms who meet together to build the Strength for Motherhood®.