Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Letting Go of Expectations

When I excitedly showed Diana the supplies I purchased to make her binder cookbook, she was less than thrilled. Perhaps she saw my solicitation of her help with it as more work (we'd just finished her homework). Perhaps she was simply unable to visualize what I was even talking about. I need to learn to let go of my expectations.
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein
My disappointment in her lack of enthusiasm is about me, not her. Her response was rather predictable; I've been here before. If I could simply learn to Be, let go of my expectations of her -- of everyone, really -- and appreciate what is rather than be disappointed in what is not, I think I'd be a lot happier. But I doubt I'll become Buddhist overnight...

Because I had the materials purchased, and because I am too damned stubborn to give up, I went ahead with my plans, and will allow her to love, loathe or ignore the results.

Raspberry-pink binder (clear cover, 1"), sheet protectors and coordinating papers.

The cover. The paper I got goes well with the binder; I'm pretty happy about that.

I ended up using a paint pen to outline the letters for Breakfast,
it was too hard to read against the patterned background.

Supper is mostly centered on the page (the design makes it look otherwise),
but Snacks is off-center, which bugs me.

With all the recipe sheets that she's come home with, in sheet protectors, as are the dividers.
Gluing on all those die-cut letters, trying to get them to be centered on the page and in a straight line took the longest. That was a bit of a pain.

I'm pleased with how it turned out. It will be easy to add more pages as they come home, and the sheet protectors will make it very functional to use. She'll see it when she gets home from school and sits down for her snack.

I'm trying not to anticipate her reaction.

No comments: