Last week my Mum was away for six days – Thursday to Tuesday. Although we had friends and Dad around for practically all the time, Mum kind of gave me a crash-course on what needed to be done to keep everything running. It was fairly easy – Mum left her daily diary here with instructions on what was happening that day, what we needed to do, and what was for dinner. I think what probably helped me the most though was having had the practice before hand while Mum was around.
Thursday afternoon I posted some parcels for Mum – over the last few months Mum has sent me into the Post Office unassisted or alone to post parcels for her. To be honest, I dreaded the job! I didn’t see the need for practice because although I know I become a shy person when faced with unfamiliar tasks; I felt I could step up to fulfil the need if it ever arose, without any practice. Come Thursday afternoon though, I was so glad I was able to confidently and easily do it.
Friday night I cooked pizza – this was easy because baking pizza on Friday night had become ‘my thing’ that I took responsibility for. Consequently, it wasn’t a stress and when problems arose I was able to think through the recipe and the past to find a solution.
Saturday night I made nachos – what meal comes easier! The hardest part was grating the cheese and mashing the avocadoes!
Monday I supervised Daniel with his school – once again, since I had had practice with helping him in these areas, it wasn’t a big deal at all.
Having these six days without Mum was made so much easier for me – and heaps less stressful – just because I had had practice and was familiar with what I needed to do. Consistency in practice, obedience to parents, and diligence with everyday jobs really does pay off!