So much can go right when the stars align. Usually, we only recognize it after the fact. Hindsight being 20/20 and all. Mountains become mole hills. The wind is at our back and it’s smooth sailing. Your pizza is hot, your Coke is cold, and your team is winning.
When the stars align you make the perfect amount of spaghetti and sauce, for example. You know the stars are speaking to you when not only is the spaghetti and sauce in equal amounts, but there’s just the right amount left over for lunch the next day. They even finish cooking at the same time. Everything’s hot hot hot! Cha ching!
When the stars align everyone is ready for school early. This never happens! Feeding faces. Packing lunches. Filling water bottles. Writing notes to teachers. Getting everyone dressed. Making sure backpacks and school bags are loaded. Getting snow clothes on. Getting the trash to the curb because it’s garbage day. Having time to shave the morning. Thank you stars!
When the stars align the kids play nicely. It was nearly an entire half hour they played together. Well, it more resembled parallel play than it did cooperative play. These days, we’ll take what we can get. One built Lego buildings. The other played with Thomas trains. We built a train depot. We built two pedways over the rails and one under. These pedways lead to the hospital. There are even two “working” windmills! The stars have spoken.
When the stars align the kids are asleep before 8pm. All is quiet. We eat ice cream without sharing. No one’s screaming because their brother is “hooking”. No one is growling because their tablet time is up. While the din of the day can be pleasant, even joyful at times, we forget what silence sounds like until the kids are abed. I hear you, stars!
When the stars align you get the hotel pool to yourself. There’s no line in the 10 items or less checkout. You find shirts in just right the color for your family photo. Ice cream goes on sale. You’re blog gets views.
When the stars align, good things become great things. Small things get noticed. All the silver linings appear. The world seems right again. You’re ready for a fresh day, to start anew. Enjoy it when it happens because they won’t be aligned for long. The kids will wake up in the morning and it’ll be business as usual.