Yesterday (Day 27), my husband came home nearly an hour late. This isn't hugely unusual, but it is usually frustrating for me -- especially because the kids get upset when they're not expecting it. Still, I try to be at least somewhat gracious about it as long as he shows up on time on Wednesdays. I call Wednesdays our "chaos days" because they are so jam-packed. By the time we get through a later-than-usual, picked-up-on-the-way-home pizza dinner, we barely have time for a bath before bedtime. And I really rely on my husband to add a bit of sanity to that last crazy bit of a crazy day. So when he didn't show up and he didn't show up and he didn't show up last night (Wednesday, of course), I could've chosen to be annoyed. Instead, when he finally came home, I made a conscious effort to be easygoing about it -- not just in how I treated him but in how I thought about it inside.
And now I'm to Day 28. I can't believe how quickly these days have gone by... I've decided to make the last two official days be "big." For today, I've decided my gift is to smile at everyone whose eyes meet mine. Every time. So far, so good. Some people ignore it, but most people smile back -- sometimes from an expression that was far from cheery. It's fun to see!