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JusJoJan 26 – It’s the Little Things


While there are large things in life that cause stress, like selling your mother’s condo whilst trying to maintain your own home, keep your family reasonably comfortable and happy and hanging on to your sanity (yes, I’m making this about you, because if I don’t I may realize what seventh circle of purgatory I’ve landed myself in), sometimes it’s the little things which finally make you snap.

Like when you take your kid for a haircut and the barber grazes the back of his neck with the trimmer and oh my Lord it’s the end of the world. He gets home, strips off his shirt and wraps himself in a fleece blanket that he refuses to take off even when he goes to bed that night, waking himself up at 2:47 (and you with him) because he’s so tangled up in coverings and the next day you find yourself applying Polysporin to a pink-tinged area that (point to it again? I can’t find it.) is so minute but he still refuses to wear a shirt over.

And then! And then! later when he’s almost forgotten about the agony he’s in over his haircut and he’s helping your mother wash the dishes (he’s washing, she’s drying) and he’s all done and putting the Tupperware bucket upside down on top of the clean dishes in the dish rack and your mother is taking it off to get to the dishes that HAVE to be dried and your kid is putting it back on and she’s taking it off (because by this time your mother’s OCD is battling to the death with your kid’s OCD) and he’s putting it back on and screaming and she’s taking it off and yelling at him in a language he can’t even hear (because he’s Deaf) let alone understand and all you want to do is run away from home…

…because it’s the little things that finally do you in…

JJJ 2015

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

26 thoughts on “JusJoJan 26 – It’s the Little Things

  1. And these are the moments that in any number of years from now that you will laugh about…hopefully.

    Yeah, been there. You will survive it!


  2. Sigh! Hoping today is better.


  3. When two OCD’s go at it in the kithchen toss water and flour on them and they will be so busy trying to get it all off they will forget to fight with each other. Not that I’ve EVER done that butttttt….


  4. Oh Honey, just add wine. *hugs*


  5. Linda, I think I told you many times all my admiration. I am telling you again to-day. What happened reminded me when Jean and I took Chris and Fred one day for an haircut when we were babysitting them. Chris was about 3 years old… Yes, it was quite an adventure… Love you Linda.


    • Haha! I remember that. Chris just loved his haircuts, didn’t he? πŸ˜› It was both wonderful and brave of you to take him! Thank you! πŸ˜€
      Love you too, Lucie. Tell Jean I said hi!


  6. Poor girl….hang in there….you’re going to get through this and still have a mind left….I promise!


  7. Sending you a virtual hug madam…


  8. Sounds to me not such little things. Well some kids have sensory stuff going on. And it sounds like you do have a lot on your plate. So don’t beat yourself up.


    • At this rate I’m ready to break all the plates – paper ones are harder to fight over. Ha!
      The little things do have a tendency to add up though.

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      • In my life I have been the kind of person who goes along, apparently calmly, through one stress and another until there is that straw. And all of a sudden I would completely lose it. Then I would get frustrated with myself and think why can’t I just let off steam a little at a time. But we are human.


  9. Oh! Linda I wish I could hug you. ❀


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