Tim loves to go fishing...but not necessarily to fish. He will throw a line in the water, and has been known to reel in a fish or two...and even throw them back all by himself. His favorite thing about fishing, however, is the worms!
His love of worms started very young...he's never been afraid of them that I remember. Thankfully he's never eaten any of them either (not that I've seen anyway). Helping me plant flowers each spring, he is always looking in the shovels full of dirt I turn over for a worm sighting. Tim gets a container of some kind and puts a little loose dirt in the bottom and scoops up the worms we find. He almost always names them or gives them a title...one day we had a whole family of worms from Grandpa Worm to Baby Worm in the container. Their title is based on their size and squirmy-ness. When he's through playing with them, he frees them back into the dirt and wishes them well with a sweet "Good-bye, Wormies!"
When it rains, Tim is quick to spot one on the sidewalk or driveway, too, and attempt to "save" it by placing it in the grass or flower garden nearby. Yes, I am proud! We have both been known to get sopping wet in order to see the worms to safety.
I see Tim's love of worms and it reminds me of myself with Grandpa Miller in the garden each spring. I'm sure Grandpa could have finished his work alot faster without me shouting "Worm!" and grabbing for it to put it in the cleaned out soup can with a little dirt in the bottom of it. But, Grandpa was always kind and willing to allow me to pick them up. I did love to go fishing with the worms, but hunting and gathering them was just as much fun.
These pictures were taken on our camping trip to John Tanner State Park in Carrollton, GA. The fish were stealing the bait, but avoiding being caught. Tim retired from fishing to be the worm manager...it proved to be more interesting for him. He charged 5 pretend dollars for each worm...when we asked how much the crickets were, he said they were 5 pretend dollars and the worms went up to 10. We had to get our own crickets, so the worms cost more since he was getting them out of the container for us. He's quite the businessman at 6, don't you agree?
I reminded myself of this recently.
It's not about me at all, this wellness journey I am on to a healhier version of myself.
Not at all.
Never has been, really.
It is about the people who invest in me. My husband. My boys. My family. My friends.
They all share themselves with me. When I am not at my best, I'm not giving them a good return for their investment.
They get the tired looks, the lack of energy excuses, and the wimpy "maybe next time" cop outs. I have come to realize that those that take precious time to invest in me deserve better from me. I need to adhere to the direction given on any flight I've ever been on that goes something like this: make sure your own oxygen mask is properly secured before helping others. If I don't take care of myself first, my ability to care for others effectively diminishes quickly. My choosing clean eating, drinking enough water, and exercising on a daily basis is how I put on my mask first. Am I perfect at meeting the n…