Joy in Small Things

Lately, it seems as though all I do is follow my children around from sporting event to sporting event. All of this happens after school, which can be a bit discouraging when you finally get home at around 9 o'clock in the evening. 

Yesterday found us in the big city in the early hours of the morning for a football game. To be honest, my attitude was a bit poor. I was tired and the only thing I could focus on was why in the world would there be a football game this early in the morning....and over an hour away from the farmette. 


This old bridge has nothing to do with this post. 


My attitude was soon adjusted when I visited the ladies room.  The toilet paper was chained, and padlocked, to the wall.  All I could think of was that I was so glad that I didn't live in a place where essentials had to be on lock down.  

No, my small town life is not perfect, but far from needing a padlock to keep it safe. 

A big amen for unlocked toilet paper.  


Comments

  1. thanks for the perspective - and the laugh...

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  2. When I look around I realize it could be a lot worse!

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  3. Wow! That's crazy. Haven't heard of that one before, although I have been in places where it seems you have to bring your own.

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  4. I'm with you on that! I dearly am thankful that I live in the countryside. Even though I can be in downtown Portland in 1/2 hour! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. Michelle, it takes so little to make you happy!

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  6. Sometimes we need to be reminded of how good it is to live in the country. For me it is the traffic any time I go to Los Angeles.

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  7. Yes, freedom of movement, of being, of growing up - certainly a challenge. In my opinion, the bridge is an excellent image for this entry. Impressed.
    Please have you all a good new week.

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  8. I'm with you! Pretty bad when the toilet tissue has to be locked down.
    Have a good week.

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  9. sometimes the smallest things can put our lives in prespective

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  10. Ok, that's just a bit too extreme for me- 2 amens for small towns and free flowing t.p.

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  11. Some places, if it's not nailed down (and sometimes even if it is) it walks away... I've been in those places and in places where the doors are still not locked...

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  12. Ah, chained toilet paper, that's a new one. . .

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  13. Whoa -- padlocked toilet paper! Could be the economy that mandates this action? I know that tired feeling, I had four kids in sports while working full time. I would fall asleep in the living room chair in the evening. When I look back through time I remember this as a wonderful period for my family. Your memories will erase the tiredness and what will remain is the wonder of your kids. -- barbara

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  14. I've seen a lot. THIS though would be a first. GRIN!

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  15. Here, in many public places, you better bring your own toilet paper. To find some padlocked would be quite a progress...

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  16. lol yeah, i guess we've got it pretty good here too, our toilet paper sits free! beautiful bridge!

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  17. No kidding! I can relate to all of it, but like you I'm glad I have a peaceful place to come home to. That photo is beautiful.

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  18. Now I have heard of everything..Oh boy!! In a country where over 46 million people are now on food stamps I find it hard to believe that some government agency isn't giving away toilet paper so it doesn't have to be chained down...What does that even look like anyway, I can't seem to figure out how you could really lock down a roll of T.P..sheesh..! xo

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  19. A very big AMEN!

    Right there with you on the running around! WHEW! I long to stay home some evenings...weekends...


    LOVE the bridge!

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  20. Amen sister!!!
    I remember when my son was in baseball in elementary school... I think I was the one parent praying that they would not win this last game and go on to finals! They lost. Whew! I was getting sick of getting eaten up by mosquitos too!

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  21. Kind of puts things into perspective, doesn't it? Pretty picture, too.

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  22. Been there with the kids and sports. 4 kids. Lots of time sitting on hard bleachers in all weather. You do it because you want to be the parent that your kids remember as 'being there'. Tough job, but the pay off is great. Kids in sports stay out of trouble and learn to respect authority. They feel secure because their parents actually care to show up. You are doing a good thing, Michelle. Locked up toilet paper and all. xx

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  23. gorgeous bridge, love bridges!
    locked toilet paper! toilet paper! can't imagine! hope it was a good game :-)

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  24. Sherri - I know it sounds ridiculous, but there was a heavy,thick chain run through the TP tube and the end of which was padlocked to the wall. Seriously.

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  25. Robert is right, your bridge does have everything to do with what you were feeling about the day. Rough road! Also, horray for Karen's comments. Too often the kids are left to fend for themselves and you, dear girl, are there for yours, and the payoff IS already huge. Your kids thank you with those smiles., even when they loose the game, they always have you there for them.
    BlessYa...I hated city games, life is a wonder in our countryside. Best part? No one wants to leave.

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