This morning, when I got up, Maya had already left for school, coffee was made but no sign of Mandy or Kurtis so I figured he was still sleeping and that Mandy had decided to go back to bed for a quick cat nap, of sorts.
Sitting here, sipping my first cup of coffee of the day, I hear the telltale sounds of little footsteps coming down the stairs. I glance up just in time to catch Kurtis peaking around the corner of the stairwell -scanning the room for his mother, ya know.
Upon not seeing her here, he immediately turned tail and headed back upstairs. A few minutes later, he must have rethought the situation and decided it was still safe to dare to come downstairs and to venture out to the living room, alone with Gram!
He came back down and upon entering the living room, his greeting to me this morning was "Is it a better day, Gram?"
Without thinking, I answered him and said "Yes, I do believe it is that!" And he sat down, quietly, no crying, to whining, no pleas of "I need milk!" immediately after getting up and downstairs today so as far as I was concerned then it was definitely "a better day."
A little later, when Mandy got up, I told her what he'd said and she explained where that line came from.
Every night when she gets the kids ready for bed, she talks to them about how things had been that day and whether they had been good -or not so well-behaved and had earned a (or even several) time-out periods during the day. If it had been a somewhat rough day for them, she always tells them then "Well, maybe tomorrow will be a better day."
And, judging by his question first thing this morning, knowing too that last night was NOT one of their easy, better days or nights in the grand scheme of things, that sentence must have been wearing on his mind while he slept.
The nice thing though was that for the bulk of today, things did develop in a manner so that it was a much better day!
Maybe we should all try asking ourselves that question before we fall asleep at the day's end and then, upon waking up in the morning, remind ourselves that today could definitely have the makings then of being a better day!