Grumpy McGrumperson

randomlychad  —  November 1, 2011 — 10 Comments

'The Grumpiest Cat Alive' photo (c) 2004, Jonathan Keelty - license:

Today, I woke after about six hours of sleep–sleep that, due to apnea, is not always refreshing.

Today, I woke up with a stiff neck, a headache, and a grumpy disposition. Owing to the fact that I didn’t sleep so well, I guess.

My poor kids. Whatever attitude they spewed, I spit right back at them. You know, that fine line between berating and derision? I straddled it.

Way to go, me! Yay, team dad! You rock!

Not so much.

J-Dog (my son) was upset about something–and I gave it right back to him.

He was then also the first to proffer forgiveness (this bothered me–I mean I’m the adult, right?); he said he was sorry.

“Um, dad, don’t you have anything to say?”


“Are you sorry for getting mad?”

I didn’t want to say it–wanted in fact to hold onto it a bit–but I did.

The last thing my wife said to as the kids and I were leaving for school?

“Why don’t you pray? Start your day on the right foot?”

So we did. I prayed a prayer I read that C.S. Lewis used; it reads “God, grant me an unblemished beginning, for I have done nothing yet.”

Nothing but screw up, that is.

I like that prayer. I like that days that start out rough and rocky can be redeemed. That nothing is beyond God’s grace to those that believe. Not even screw-ups like me.

Truth be told, however (as I alluded to above), I wanted to hold onto my inner “Grumpy McGrumperson.” Wanted to stew in my “screwed-upness” for a bit.

But I’m so glad I didn’t.

How about you? Do you ever have days like this? Answer, or I might kick you off my lawn! 😉




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  • LarryTheDeuce

    I try not to, but you know I fail at that. We all fail. I cut my wife slack, because I know I will do it. She cuts me slack because she knows she will. We need to live with some grace for others since we’ve been extended some.

    • Amen! Well said, Larry! Give as we’ve freely been given.

  • Yes I do--and they often involve trips to Walmart.

    • Wal-Mart? Hadn’t thought of that! Genius!

  • Generally, I wake up pretty well. I’m always the first person up in our house. It gives me a chance to wake up and catch my bearings before everyone else arises. It gets bad though if I don’t get my coffee in time.

    • I think that was part of it--didn’t get my coffee until well after all the morning’s drama. It wasn’t pretty. 😉

  • Doc

    Oh, yeah! Yesterday was a day like that. Actually, it started out great, then quickly deteriorated. If it wasn’t for my woman I doubt I would have pulled out of it until today! (I call her “my woman” because “my girlfriend” at my age sounds a bit stupid. We’re engaged but I’m not too crazy about saying “my fiance, either.) We did not start the day off with a prayer but I’m sure He heard us at dinner time.

    • That’s the great thing, right? He always hears, and indeed looks forward to, hearing from each one of us. Plus, having the loving support of which you write is so, so important.

  • Ricky Anderson

    I really wish you hadn’t put my picture up there.

    • What? You want royalties? 😉