I have a sinus infection and have felt sapped of energy for nearly a week. As I was gearing up for this trip, I was talking to my friend Keri about its many moving parts -- packing, flying two legs with the kids, arriving at midnight, having a day in DC, renting a car, driving five hours solo to Pittsburgh, going to rehearsal and rehearsal dinner with the kids, staying in a hotel, wedding the next morning etc. The five hour drive sounded like the worst -- kids who now ask "when are we going to be there?" and "how much longer" with the insistence of sitcom kids, my feeling crappy and sick, mad impatience -- a nightmare. Keri was right there with me, nodding, until I said I wanted to make it an adventure instead of a hellish drive, and she sprang to life: Oh yeah, you could stop for smoothies and chew lots of gum, watch movies and suck cough drops the whole time!
She was half kidding about the cough drops, but yes, I think we'll do that.
Since my mom's become a therapist, she often follows up bemoaning complaints with the phrase, "that's one way to look at it." Conversations like this:
me: this is going to be the worst trip EVER. I don't want to have to DRIVE all the way to Pittsburgh after flying across the country and staying up ALL night with Eden's coughing -- this is the worst!!
my mom: that's one way to look at it.
You can see how it could seem a bit annoying, but the fact of the matter (which is why it is so annoying) is that the statement's right. So every time I've started to dread the drive (tomorrow morning), I think of Keri and chewing gum.