Re-dos: Things I wish I would have known when I was fifteen.

My children just love me when I say, “re-do.”

Piano practice: “Re-do that song.”

Chores: “I don’t think so, come and re-do your bedrooms.”

Homework: “Ugh, I can hardly read this! You’re gonna re-do it.”

I know why they moan and groan, I do it too when there’s things I have to re-do, like having to move our family again in a little over a month. I’ve re-done it so many times in the past that you’d think I’ve have the utility companies on speed dial.

As I’ve been considering this re-do for the past week I’ve come to realize it’s more than just a list of things to barrel through for the second, third, no fifth… You know what? I’ve lost count. Not that that’s the point. Re-dos are also opportunities—opportunities to change our behavior. Maybe even make fewer mistakes than the last time. Though I don’t know if I’ll ever completely quell the groan that comes from me and my children at the word re-do, it really can be a gift, if we don’t squandered it on a bad attitude. The next time you find yourself facing one of lives many re-dos, remember that.

About janelleevans

I'm a sleep deprived mother of three. I create young adult novels from the voices in my head.
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