To know me is to have heard me yammer how I regretted some summer decisions.
The Tornado did camp. The Tornado had playdates. The Tornado staycationed. Mama made a mistake and planned nothing for August.
Yep. The key word there is *planned* as I deliberately scheduled nothing.
I saw she longed to reconnect with new-friends at the-school-which-still-feels-new & simply PLAY.
This seemed like a fantastic idea till I realized (around August second) her friends were out of town & it was destined to be 25 days of the Tornado & me.
I lamented, but I loved.
*I* treasured our time together—I just know she’d envisioned August differently (less mom-face more peer-face).
What does this have to do with personal first aid kits?
My month rocked (fun, frolicking, restorative & raucous), yet when I discovered this note on my computer something clicked:
Did I mention school starts today?
It was in prepping her for the exciting changes of second grade—I considered the shift awaiting *me*:
- More work time. (awesome)
- More walk-the-lake time. (fantastic)
- Return to our old/new routine of walking to & fro school. (love. love. love.)
- Far less Tornado-time. (sad face)
I knew—in the name of preventative self-care—it was time to revisit an old friend: my personal first aid kit.
A gathering of stuffs which make me feel nurtured/cared for all bundled in a box in case of frazzled, depressed, anxiety emergency.
Not to my surprise the old kit was rather outdated as how we soothe changes as *we* change & items which had once comforted me would be little or no help now.
As a result, since I was sending my living breathing ‘kit back to school, I spent time creating a new one:
I kept a few thoughts in mind as I gathered my items:
- In a moment where I feel the pull toward old behaviors what might be a positive alternative option? (journal writing. hot tea. nail painting.)
- In a moment where I feel sad what might make me smile? (her drawing. some writings in the journal. the temporary tattoo.)
- In a moment when Im alone/feel like isolating what might provide me positive company? (writings in the journal. a favorite book.)
My personal first aid kit is small and fluid. I can add to it at any time & I like to keep it portable…just in case.
I readily admit it has already done its job, too.
On this morning as I walk my living ‘kit to school the mere fact it’s there–created & waiting–*comforts me* and makes me smile.
- If you created a personal first aid kit–what item(s) would you include?