I am not superwoman. I get that, but I want to at least have the attitude, the kind of attitude that sees an obstacle and cuts through it without worry or frustrated angst. You know the moment when the superhero sees the problem, pauses just long enough to find their enemy's weakness, and then takes action within seconds - that's the kind of attitude I want to have.
Yesterday, a tree fell down in our driveway. It's been so rainy that the roots under some of the trees are in watery mud. Old trees with muddy roots are not stable entities. Despite living just two miles from a library, movie theater, and eight coffee shops, plus a shopping area for those less caffeinated, we live down a gravel driveway and are surrounded by trees and fields. I normally love our little nature sanctuary in the crossroads of suburban and rural life, but I don't love some of the obstacles that sometimes come up (or down).
My husband saw the obstacle, got out the chainsaw and his truck and started cutting wood. (He has the superhero attitude down.)
I saw the obstacle, covered my face with my hands and said, "oh, dear God, not again." (We dealt with a similar fallen tree in October.) Then, I got my work gloves on and went to drag branches out of the main driveway so we could out. I got dirt, mud, moss, and tree bits in my hair, on my clothes, and my work gloves were dripping with muck by the time we finished.
Then, I cleaned up and went to worship, which helped my attitude immensely.
We did conquer the obstacle, or at least clear a path through it so we could continue life, but . . . there's still a mess in the front yard, which poses an ongoing obstacle of more yard work.
I have to admit, with the rain pelting down again this morning, that the last thing I want to do is clear more branches, but I know I need to do that so I can see the front yard again.
In my writing life, I've had to clear some branches from my messy drafts of The Greenling, and I just woke up this morning and realized that I need to cut away some more dead wood. I don't really want to, but I know I need to so I can see the characters and the plot more clearly.
I need to put on my work gloves and a superhero attitude this morning.
What are you up to this morning?
In other life news: It's my dad's 80th birthday today! He's always been my favorite real-life superhero.
And, my oldest daughter was one of 200 student researchers featured in a newspaper article yesterday. You can read the full article here: Montana Student Researchers Apply Lessons to Real World Problems
The pic is a screenshot from the newspaper article. In the article, she has a brief quote about women in engineering.