Some days you win, and some days you chalk up to the cluster. That is what we call the “hairy mary” days in my family. The days where it seems like you may be on candid camera due to the high volume of crazy events happening all at once. I was raised by sailors, so you would be fair to guess my vocabulary always has some colorful terminology added to it. I may have learned the word “cluster-….” before a mark rounding during a sailboat race with my Dad, who had coined it so perfectly for the situation we were about to get ourselves into.
Welp! That was the kind of day I had. Between the 104 fever my 2.5 year old was rocking for two days, to the 101 fever my 4.5 year old had since Friday, asking so nicely, “Mommy, can you just get the sickies out?” . Well, why not bring on a power outage that effected a lot of my personal work, and some major pregnancy hot flashes; I may have toppled over into the cluster category. We rushed into this cluster like kids flock to candy. Boy was I not ready, and it made me think.
How do we handle the clusters in life? I know there are much bigger problems in this world, but should the day-to-day clusters go unnoticed? For myself, I hope not. It is what makes us human. Some of my greatest laughs have been with mom’s over the understanding of some of the clusters we have had to face. There is a camaraderie between us warriors of the clusters, and I hope that doesn’t change.
Today, I may have had a cluster of a day. As I sit rocking my daughter to sleep for the 6th time, I realize that tomorrow it will get better. Maybe not. BUT with the positive I put forward, maybe that will just keep the clusters away, for a day. If not, I have my village of moms who know, understand, and embrace the cluster. I thank you!