A wise woman once shared one of her favorite sayings with me. It went like this. “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.” The play on words always makes me giggle, but it also holds so much truth.
Those who know me well, know that I am a planner. I have a list for just about anything. Going camping. I have a list for that. Throwing a party. Have a list for that too. Heading up to the cottage for a day, night or weekend. You guessed it. There is a list, a list and a list. We won’t even get into the detailed plans that went into our 2010 Disney trip. My plans are my safety nets. Without them, I don’t know that I could have taken on this new lifestyle.
Well, last week life decided to throw me a curve ball. My oldest daughter became quite ill. Between work, doctor appointments, school, more doctor appointments and other commitments, the first thing to go out the window was grocery shopping. The second was the meal plan.
Now normally when this happens, 1-800-PapaJohns is there to help. But unfortunately, they are not an acceptable food on the Feingold food list. And with the plan out the window, it was flexibility or crankiness. With my daughter so miserable, I opted for flexibility and revised the plan.
We worked with what we had and I am proud to say we survived without a blemish to our food eating record. This is partially credited to the fully stocked pantry and freezer I have maintained for those just in case moments. But, it also proved that even though this isn’t always the easiest of lifestyles, it is obtainable. So next time life gives you lemons, make homemade lemonade. It is an acceptable food on the list.