Winners

This past week, I lost an entire night's sleep with a sick puppy, had an emergency vet run, lost a puppy that I nursed through 3 nights and 2 days, almost broke a toe when Micah fell off a stool and hit his head on my foot, baked cookies with half the amount of flour I needed, and ruined Waterfall Attempt #3.

I was so sleep deprived by the end of the week that I found myself driving on a street that I had no business being on. I just had a lucid moment and realized I was lost and wandering. I put on makeup thinking that I looked really good for the week I'd had, then saw a picture of myself and realized that Death looked like a beauty queen in comparison. I realized that I'm getting way too old for such prolonged sleep deprivation. I cannot function.

Over the weekend, our church hosted a grand-scale kids event called The Olympian Games. The kids have loved this carnival-type event for years. This was Micah's first time attending. He won a ribbon in dart guns. (The plastic suction ones, of course.) With every award announced there is a smattering of applause that ranges between courteous and overt. When Micah's name was announced, the congratulatory cheers that erupted from every corner of the gym were humbling. It was so much more than was given for other kids.


Maybe it was the exhaustion making me all verklempt, but it was all I could do to fight back the tears. I am always humbled when the world takes on the role of Micah's cheerleader. Thank you, everyone who cheers for my son. You have no idea how much that means to me. It was just the ending that I needed to a really bad week.


16 comments:

Carol N. said...

We could hear the applause in Canada....Go Micah! (and hope this week goes better.)

Teresa Dawn said...

Okay, now make no sudden movements but slowly step away from the computer and head over towards the bed. :) And congrats to Micah!

Michelle said...

Yikes you've had a busy week. so sorry it hasn't always been a good one, but so cool for Micah! And for you!

Flea said...

All the remaining puppies are well now? Karen gets some sleep now? So happy for Micah. :)

JennyH said...

Awe-- he looks so proud of his ribbon.

Get some sleep!

The Money Paradise said...

Life is like this. None live with us forever. they always leave us one day.

Shellie said...

Can you hear my applause too? As for all the stress, walk away and get some sleep now and the next week should be better.

Burgh Baby said...

It's hard not to cheer for that kid. He's too amazing!

RE: waterfall. Cave to the purchase of the accessory that makes life SO. MUCH. EASIER. http://tinyurl.com/2darwsg The hose runs from the pump to the back of that thing, water flows up through it (it's a fantastic filter for that reason--I fill it with well-rinsed lava rocks), and pours out the top. Instant waterfall, and you can still arrange rocks to alter the splashing and hide the big black box.

SunflowerMom said...

BEAMING!

James Bainbridge said...

Way to go Micah! Just LOOK at that smile! It's worth a million dollars.

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Lisa Page Rosenberg said...

And now I'm verklempt too!

Micah's a champ and so is his mama.

HalfAsstic.com said...

I must say that Micah looks like the cheering was done a lot by him as well! That? Is a happy looking boy!

Viv said...

How could you *not* cheer for that child? He is too cute.

I'm sorry about the puppy Karen. No matter how much of a professional you become, I doubt that it ever gets easier.

Michelle said...

I'm sorry you lost a puppy :( What a rough week indeed.

But look at Micah's face - so happy and proud to have won that ribbon. What a way to end that week; I would have been in tears hearing all the cheers.

caramama said...

Sorry for the tough week, especially losing the puppy. :-(

But YEAH for Micah!! It's really awesome that your community cheers him on like they do!

p.s. I love his haircut!