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March 19, 2007, Herald Journal

Sidewalk chalk

By JEN BAKKEN

Have you ever had one of those mornings when nothing is going right and, to your dismay, the bad morning carries on through the night and even into the next day?

Last week began that way, for me, and set the tone for my whole week. I spent a lot of time wishing I could have traveled through time, went back to Monday morning, crawled under the covers and tried waking up on the “right” side of the bed.

It reminded me of the children’s book, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst.

In this great book, Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair and things, from then on, do not go his way.

Though I didn’t wake up with gum in my hair, I definitely had a case of, “Mommy and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days.”

There was no single reason for my bad days, just the typical things that can make any mom feel a little frazzled. I guess I wasn’t dealing with everything as well as normal . . . or what I’d like to think is normal.

But something happened that brought a smile to my tired and weary face.

After work, I drove into our driveway to find my 6-year-old daughter, Brynna, outside with her babysitter, Haley.

My little, blonde-haired girl excitedly announced, “Mom, mom, Haley bought me sidewalk chalk. Look what I made for you!”

There, in a rainbow of colors, were the words, “I love you, Mom.”

Of course, I immediately hugged her and thanked her for the beautiful masterpiece.

I never imagined my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days could be cured by a 6-year-old with sidewalk chalk!

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher or anyone with a child in your life… there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done. Any of those endearing moments you love to share with others and people, like me, enjoy reading.

Here in Delano we are proud of our community, our schools and our children… why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

You can email your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com, fax them to 763-972-1029 or mail them to Tiny Tales, 430 Hwy 12 E. Suite 4, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328.