Why, you might ask yourself, is Annette posting another Michaelmas post when Michaelmas is over?
Well, that would be because Annette and her family did not celebrate Michaelmas on the proper day.
Truth be told, we never do, and every year it bothers the everloving snot out of me.
You see, Michaelmas is also my oldest son Michael’s name day. And we do celebrate name days, so that’s not the problem.
But it’s also Nicholas’s birthday. It’s kind of hard to have a birthday Michaelmas nameday celebration all at once.
It’s especially hard when Daddy has been away on retreat all week and Mama has not been getting a whole lot of sleep because a certain twin who shall remain nameless COUGHmatthewCOUGH is not down with the whole nightweaning thing. Actually, he has the part where he doesn’t nurse at night perfect. It’s the part where he seems to think nursing time should be replaced with a great big party complete with games and songs that is a little confusing to me.
And then add in that Grandma and Grandpa came to visit for Nick’s birthday, and it’s just hard to fit Michaelmas in. Well, Nicholas’s cake was a devil’s food cake. Does that count?
So, once again, Michaelmas gets the short end of the stick.
And once again, it bothers me.
Part of me wants to say “Forget it. If I can’t do it on the proper day, I can’t do it after all.” Because after all, isn’t that the whole point of a liturgical calendar? It doesn’t bend to our wants; we’re supposed to bend to it, to put aside the everyday and make room for God.
But maybe, when Mama is tired and the house is chaotic and there are birthdays to be celebrated… maybe it doesn’t hurt to move the feast a little.
So instead of a Michaelmas day, we’ll be having a bit of a Michaelmas week.
And instead of Michael picking out dinner on the same day Nicholas gets to pick out dinner (hot dogs wrapped in bacon for an appetizer, spaghetti and meatballs for a main course, and cake for dessert if you were wondering), Michael will get to pick out a dinner later this week.
And instead of beating myself up over it, I’m just going to roll with it, because part of being brave is stepping outside of our own comfort zone.
So, if you haven’t celebrated Michaelmas yet or you didn’t do the things you wanted to, guess what? It’s not too late! Let go of your perfectionism, and use that space and energy instead to do some of those things you meant to do. Don’t worry about what you didn’t do. Plan what you’re going to do!
Most of all, have a perfectly imperfect week!
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