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Kristen James: This, too, shall pass

When you’re dealing with something, the last thing you ever want to hear is, “This too shall pass.” That’s what my mom would tell me when I went to her with a problem, wanting an answer or quick fix.

It drove me up the wall.

The other day, however, I realized that I can’t for the life of me remember what was ailing me back then. So, apparently, it passed.

This saying has come to mind several times recently. I even saw it on Facebook today — in reference to the stomach flu!

I began thinking about it as I read some of the other Douglas County Moms blog posts about potty training and nursing. We go through so many trials with our babies, toddlers and children as they grow.

With three kids age 4 and under, I thought the diaper stage would last forever. When one kid was ready to potty train, another baby came along! There wasn’t a break in between kids — just kids at different stages in the process.

But somehow we made it.

After that, my youngest son, Caleb, had problems with asthma, allergies, ear infections and even a lung infection at one point. If he got a cold, I knew we’d be in to see the doctor that night or the next day. He had a couple different kinds of inhalers and additional medicine when he got sick.

I can’t count the number of nights I was up with him, using the nebulizer or inhaler, or just listening to his breathing. He got a wheeze all winter and spring, and when he was sick it sounded like he could hardly pull air into his lungs.

Frustrated that medicine wasn’t helping, I began researching on my own. We tried dietary changes after that. Dairy didn’t seem to affect him, but wheat did. It turns out he was gluten intolerant. Once his diet was wheat-free, his health problems faded drastically. Just this week, he picked up the cold that’s going around, and it hardly fazed him.

I had to stop and marvel at that.

I have a feeling that if someone is going through something difficult, and I tell them, “This, too, shall pass,” I might get slapped. It doesn’t fit for everyone and every situation, but it’s become helpful to me to remember hardships pass.

I’ll always have new issues, trials or something to deal with, but I can imagine the light at the end of the tunnel. I know I’ll make it through each new thing because I’ve done it before.

Kristen James is married with six kids. Read her Mondays on Douglas County Moms. Also check out her personal website at www.writerkristenjames.com.

I have a feeling that if someone is going through something difficult, and I tell them, “This, too, shall pass,” I might get slapped. It doesn’t fit for everyone and every situation, but it’s become helpful to me to remember hardships pass.


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