Yesterday at the pool I witnessed a mom (heh, if you want to call her that) tell her daughter she's a "bad, bad girl!" whilst her ipod was plugged into her ears. Then, she switched back to talking with her friend and every few seconds she reiterated to her two year old daughter that she was bad.
That was a turning point.
So what if I feel under pressure and I'm not accomplishing everything I want to accomplish? My kids are happy and healthy. We have food to eat. The house is cleanish. At least I'm not a total shit to my kids.
So, things (beyond not being a shit to my kids) that make me happy:
playing with new friends and running into old friends at the pool
homemade chicken salad on freshly-baked gluten-free bread
four- and six-year old boys
crop share pickups
skipping vacuuming in favor of an extra hour at the pool
working a job I enjoy
super nice fabric people on the phone
freshly squeezed lemonade
smelling like sunshine