January 16, 2010

The Princess & the Frog

Baby boy James and I went on a date today to see Princess & the Frog, the new Disney cartoon. Much like Alvin & the Chipmunks outing, we ate crackers, saw "friends" sitting behind us, and devoured ice cream after the show. I like having a "boy" versus a "baby," the new interaction is divine. He leapt all over the movie theater seats, like a frog, but he was good for the most part. Just a two year old boy turned froggy. Ribbit.

Stella girl is traveling at the speed of light. She runs, not walks. The fights between James and Stella have begun - "mine" and "no, Sissy." I imagine this will not stop any time soon. She loves her Daddy best, just as little girls should. The Princess, and her daddy.

As for me, I feel I require an update from the last post. This week was bizarre. And I don't think there's been a five minute period where I haven't wanted to throw up.

I have resigned from my current job as a litigation attorney to pursue a new career opportunity. As I am cleaning out my office and wrapping up my responsibilities, I cannot believe that these changes are happening. Nothing makes sense, and yet, it all makes perfect sense. I loved my job. And yet, I have submitted my resignation. I know why, but I am still figuring out the how...while at the same time, it's all worked out for me. The why, the how. It's fine.

Prior to this rapidly changing course, I had been reading a book by Po Bronson, appropriately entitled What Should I Do with My Life. Part of the introduction hit me like a ton of diapers, as follows:

"I learned that it was in hard times that people usually changed the course of their life; in good times, they frequently only talked about change. Hard times forced them to overcome the doubts that normally gave them pause. It surprised me how often we hold ourselves back until we have no choice. So the people [within this book have] suffered layoffs, bankruptcies, divorces, evictions, illnesses, and the deaths of loved ones, and as a result, they were as likely to stumble into a better life as they were to arrive there by reasoned planning. They made mistakes before summoning the courage to get it right. Their path called into question the notice that a 'calling' is something you inherently know whnere you're young. Far from it. These people discovered in themselves gifts they rarely realized they had."

And while my new "path" is not too far from the old one... it is definitely a change. At the bare minimum, during this week I have learned much about myself... that I am the type of person to take a leap. But when I think back, I've been leaping all along, from one weird vision/experience to another.

And to make matters better, I married an even BIGGER froggy. My husband - he's the Frog King. I've never seen leaps like he's taken, and I'll probably never reap the rewards like him either. But perhaps, I'm taking cues from him. Ribbit.

Hmmmm, maybe we're all frogs in this family. The Frog Family.

Well, actually... I think Stella is probably still a princess.

Love to you all -
M

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