What would happen (or have happened) if you didn't leave your house today? How far-reaching would the effects of that action be?
That was my blog prompt this morning, and darned it all if I haven't stumped myself! I don't think the effects would have been very far reaching really, just on me and the kids. But then again.....
If we hadn't left the house, Emma would have given in to her fears about the first day of swimming lessons and possibly never gotten over them, thereby never learning to swim. And far off in the future there may be a moment when it is crucial that she has that skill. So not beginning that learning process today may have endangered her life or that of someone else.
If we hadn't left the house, George wouldn't have been so angry and jealous of his big sister playing in a pool and I would have several strands of hair still in my head, rather than his fist. And those strands would someday soon have turned white, aging me that much faster. Better to be bald, I suppose.
If we hadn't left the house, I would have paid a bunch of non-refundable money for unattended swimming lessons and I would be angry. And my anger knows no bounds. (Just kidding, I am a very mild-mannered person, especially when it comes to budgets and planned activities. Really. I am. I never stress.) (Jason, be quiet.)
If we hadn't left the house, we wouldn't have gone to the park before lunch and the kids wouldn't be as sleepy for naptime as they were today. And I wouldn't have interupted this blog entry for several minutes to go cuddle with Emma. Which would have left me feeling as if something were missing. Which would have made me sad. Which would have left me no choice but to lay on the couch eating chocolate and reading a trashy novel. Hmmmmmm. Might have to do that anyway.
If we hadn't left the house, we would all have been on each other's nerves by the time Jason gets home from work and he would walk in to a very unhappy household. And he would feel guilty for leaving the house each day. And he would go to work feeling bad tomorrow. And he would get in trouble for not leaving his personal problems at home. And he would get fired. And.....oh wait, you don't get fired in the Army. And they're actually pretty good about letting soldiers deal with personal stuff when they need to. But they might make him work off his frustration by doing a few extra sit-ups. And really, who wants to do extra, or any, sit-ups?
All in all, I'm pretty glad we left home today!!