No it’s not February 2nd, but this week and my wife’s comments have reminded me of one of my favorite movies and how our life sometimes seems to imitate it. It is the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. In the movie Bill Murray’s character has to repeat the same day over and over again. Regardless of what he does, he always wakes up the morning of February 2nd and lives the same events over and over again.
There are days that as a houseparent, I feel the same way. We live in a house with 10 children including our two birth children. The children are fairly young, (2-4 yr olds, a 5 yr old, a 7 yr old, an 8 yr old, a 9 yr old, 2 – 10 yr olds, an 11 yr old, and a 15 yr old) and attend 6 different schools. Two are involved in Pee-Wee Football, all 4 girls are in Ballet, and my 15 yr old son is in soccer. On top of caring for children, I am responsible for additional duties at the home to include: Managing a fleet of about 25 vehicles & the home’s HVAC systems, maintaining the home’s Website, maintaining the cottage computers, and computer technical support. That’s before I have time to work on my website.
I was hoping to be able to blog at least every other day, however I somehow lost a week somewhere. As I think back on this last week, it seems like I have been living the same day over and over again. I wake up at 5:45 AM; get the kids off to school and spend the rest of the day running kids here and there, vehicles to repair shops, fix a cottage computer infected with spyware, install a printer, etc., etc., etc. Work from 9:00-11:00 PM replying to E-mails, updating job listings, and doing other updates to my website. Next day – Repeat.
Fortunately for me, I don’t have to find some deeper meaning to my life and turn into this really nice guy for it to end like Bill Murray’s Character did (I’m already a nice guy most of the time, and have already found deeper meaning to my life). I know the busyness of life is cyclical and things will slow down and then I can catch my breath. Until then, I’ll just keep living my “Groundhog Day”.