Yes, that title describes me. I have very high expectations for myself and for things I plan. Recently, my high expectations collided with a big dose of disappointment and I struggled to see things through the eyes of my children ... Ok, I'm getting ahead of myself.
It was just an ordinary day except for one thing - David had to work very late that night. When Daddy has to work late, my girls usually request pancakes. And, I was beginning to catch a vision for something like this!
I made some simple decorations, planned the whole thing out in my mind and then watched the clouds roll in ...
... I really did try to think of a fun alternative that would be special, but in my heart of hearts I just did not want it to rain and wanted to go ahead with the really fun idea of taking a pancake picnic over to our little neighborhood lake and eating on the dock.
The ominous clouds hung over our house for a few hours without letting go of a drop and I was still cautiously hopeful - but just before we were ready to leave on our excursion, the heavy drops fell.
And, I was let down. I didn't feel like even trying to come up with a special alternative anymore because I'd been disappointed and my expectations were not met. But, my girls were eager to come up with a cheerful solution and I followed their lead.
We sat on the front porch and watched the rain, enjoying pancakes and doing something we don't normally do. They thought it magical and I was struggling to act like I thought it was fun. In truth - it was fun!
High expectations can be a great thing - but I am still learning how to handle the let down of disappointment. My girls showed me that night how to have fun, create a fun alternative and they were cheerful and did not complain at all! They have made fun new memories and I have learned from their sweet attitudes.
A week later, looking at these pictures makes me happy! I'm glad that they nudged me to go ahead with this - the pictures are sweet, fun and happy! My expectations were not met - but I'm still smiling at the memory!