As I’ve mentioned elsewhere I tend to be the type of person who looks at the problems that need to be fixed rather than the stuff that’s working just fine. It’s a gift that can turn you into a real grouch if you don’t keep it in balance. So today I’m going to look at a few of the little “dark clouds” in my life, and focus on the silver linings, the good sides of them. Let’s see …
Cloud: the Supermodel and I can’t seem to find our almost-5-year-old son’s library books to return them to the library tomorrow.
Silver lining: Our kids get library books! They are both avid readers — even our son, who’s still learning his alphabet, loves to get books, look at the pictures, pick out a letter here and there. Our daughter (age 7.5) has already gone through almost all of the Geronimo Stilton books and at least a third of the American Girl series (both for ages 9-12). They don’t clamor for a PlayStation or an Xbox, and even their TV-watching is fairly moderate — they’d rather crack open the Chronicles of Narnia (my daughter) or “47 Beavers on the Deep Blue Sea” (my son). Pretty sharp kids, eh?
Cloud: The weather here has been nippy of late — usually in the 30s in the morning, often not even cracking 50 all day — and with Stockton’s fog and general humidity, you really feel it.
Silver lining: I have a friend in Maine who hasn’t seen the temperature reach the 30s in weeks, and is buried under a few feet of snow. Plus I know people in the Southern Hemisphere (where it’s summer right now) who are dealing with drought conditions. So things could be a lot worse. At least you don’t have to shovel fog.
Cloud: I’ve only had two months’ worth of work out of the past fourteen.
Silver lining: Plenty of time to spend playing with my son, working on my novel, cooking meals … starting a blog … and the Supermodel’s job, which she enjoys immensely, is more than enough for us to live on right now, so the finances are okay. Not that I don’t want to work, I do, but we’ll be all right until I get hired again.
Cloud: My favorite basketball team, the Sacramento Kings, really, really suck right now. (Can I say “suck” in this blog? Well, I just did. Cope.)
Silver lining: High draft pick this June! Bring on the Ricky Rubio Era in Sacramento! (Seriously, click on that link, Kings fans — this kid is what “White Chocolate” wishes he’d been!)
Cloud: I’m a little tired from staying up late last night …
Silver lining: … playing Monopoly with my wife and daughter. It was daughter’s first game of Monopoly, but when we finally called it a night at 9:45pm she had Boardwalk and Park Place, two other color groups, and cash on hand. (In one of my last moves, I landed on Baltic, which she not only owned but had dropped a hotel on — rent $450! Did I mention I have pretty sharp kids?) I had three color groups and the utilities; the Supermodel had only two color groups but all four railroads, which is almost a license to print money. A ton of fun was had by all.
So you see where this can go. Now it’s your turn — post up your clouds and silver linings!