There are the things that everyone worries about - money, the health of my kids, vaccine/no vaccine*, the economy, the environment. You know, the standard.
Then there are the things that are completely stupid, especially in hindsight. Like worrying about how to get my weekly grocery shopping done when there's 100% chance of rain two days in a row. It's not like we'd starve if it took me a couple of days to get to the store. We'd be, at the most, inconvenienced, yet I still worry. See? Just dumb stuff.
Currently, I'm worrying about how many kids will come to Liam's upcoming 3rd birthday party. I just found out that one of his classmates is having his birthday party the same day as Liam's. The other boy's party is at a bouncy house place (with a variety of bouncy houses) from 12 til 2. We're having Liam's party at our house with a bouncy house from 2 til 4. (Just for the record, Liam's party invitations went out before the other boy's invitations.) How many parents are going to have their kids out for four consecutive hours of bouncing and/or cake eating? And if they make their kids choose, who's party are they going to pick? The party with ten bouncy houses or the party with one?
But then I think, Why should I care? All that matters is that the kids who do come have a good time. As a matter of fact, as long as Liam has a good time, I should be happy. Needless to say, I'm still working on that one.
The other big worry subject is Ryan's job. He works for a major bank and while his job is thankfully safe (which is a miracle in today's economy), he's pretty much figured out that the path for promotion lies in being transferred. To a whole other country. On a whole other continent. And, despite the fact that we'd be thousands of miles from our families, I am open to living in London or Sydney. After all, it would be a fabulous experience for
me the kids. But the other options are Tokyo and Sao Paolo (Brazil). I am not so thrilled about those options. And we just found out The Bank is sending him to NYC for a two day seminar regarding the financial climate of South America. So the fretting begins.
So, my question to you is: how do I stop all the fretting? What do you do to put your mind at ease in situations like these?
* As an aside, we decided to get the H1N1 vaccine for Liam since kids with respiratory issues seem to have the most serious complications (like pneumonia, hospitalization, etc.) from the swine flu. Our pedi's office only has the mist and due to his respiratory issues, he can't have the live vaccine. So now we have to wait for the office to get the injection and who knows when that will be. Yet something else to fret about.....