I was so mad

My mom and dad did a marvelous job of instilling a love of reading in my sister and I at a very early age by packing our playroom with books and reading us a bedtime story every night. When I think back to my favorite books, two particular series stand out in my mind: The Berenstain Bears and Little Critter.

We had every book in both collections, but to this day, I'm pretty sure I still know the entire story of Little Critter's I Was So Mad, verbatim. There are several things that Little Critter wants to do and he grows increasingly mad as each of his family members tell him no. No frogs in the bathtub. No playing in your sister's dollhouse. No painting the house. Little Critter eventually becomes so frustrated by being told "no" to everything he wants in life, he decides he's going to run away.

Honestly, I can't think of a better way to describe the week I've been having.

I don't think adults like being told "no" any more than children.You'd think that just because we're responsible grown ups, we'd have complete freedom to do whatever we want, whenever we want. One of the harshest realities in life is that that's not at all true. Not even close.

So many little things have gone wrong this week, prompting me to ball up my fists, furrow my eyebrows and declare, "I am so mad." I'm not trying to put frogs in my bathtub (although our shower drain is clogged at the moment), but I was trying to do other things that left me feeling just as frustrated as Little Critter.

As Little Critter is packing up his red wagon in preparation to run away, his friends invite him to play a game of baseball. Little Critter's foul mood suddenly takes a turn for the better and as he runs towards his friends with his baseball mit in hand, he thinks to himself, "I'll run away tomorrow if I'm still mad."

I hope I'm not still mad tomorrow.

What about you? Being angry or upset are some of the worst feelings in the world. What do you do to feel better when you're mad?


  1. I read! I ask Justin for 30 minutes of quiet time to sit by myself and read without interruption. Not only do I get time for my blood pressure to fall by resting quietly, but by reading I give myself a break from thinking about being mad. After the 30 minutes are up, I'm usually not as frustrated as I was before. Works like a charm!

  2. I like Jamie's suggestion. I always feel better when I read.


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