Remember that song from the late 80's by John Denver?
No, no, not stoned.....stone.
As in dull, gray, facetless, ugly. Some days feel like that. Some days are the opposite of brilliance and beauty and the only shimmer we can see is just maybe a light at the end of the tunnel, if we're the optimistic type.
Life with a teenager begets a quarry of stones and a mine of diamonds. It's hard for them to see the glimmer at the end of the tunnel because they still have the childlike quality of living for the right now. Pair that with an impatient curiousity and a plethora of emotions and you get days that drop upon you like stones.
Those are the days when I feel like I've failed as a parent.
We try to be the polishing rag for our kids and we scour until our arms ache, but we can't touch every situation and circumstance they face. Sometimes all we can do is show them they have the power to shine. And find the strength to handle it calmly and wisely when they choose not to.
May your days be like diamonds and may your stones be few.
image courtesy of: djcodrin