Wednesday morning, 7:23. Matthew: Uh, Mom, I missed the bus. Can you drive me to school? Some unclear under-his-breath rumblings about the new bus driver coming too early. *Grab the keys and head out the door. Breakfast can wait a few minutes.*Wednesday morning, 11:40. Josh: Uh, Mom, are you doing anything right now? Can you go with me to the mechanic's so I can drop off my Jeep, and you can bring me home?*Check the time. Yep, if we hurry I can do this and make it to my 12:30 appointment.* Wednesday afternoon, 3:53. Matthew: Uh, Mom, can you take me to work?*Sure. And next week I can drive you to your driving test so you can get your license!* Wednesday afternoon, 4:15. Josh: Uh, Mom, can you help me move Matthew's desk out into the van? Lots of explanation about how he wants to set up a scene to make a video for his Youtube channel.*Why not? It isn't like the desk is heavy and I'll throw my back out, or anything.* Wednesday evening, 5:10. Josh: (on the phone with Brian) Yeah. Are you going to be home soon?...Oh. Josh: (to me) Dad is going to be late. Can you take me to make the video? Because he can't unload the desk on location by himself. *OK. When the soup I'm preparing for dinner is ready to "simmer for 20 minutes," well, I'll give you 20 minutes to get this thing done.* And so it goes. Takin' my boys where they need to go, so they can do what they need to do. Sometimes that means putting aside what I need or want to do. Other times it means I get to feel needed. And every time, it increases my feeling of job security.How do the every-day needs of your kiddos influence your days?And what do you do to keep a positive outlook?