According to "Mayo Clinic," a hiccup happens when a muscle separates from your chest, then from your abdomen. It also plays an important role in breathing. Each contraction is followed by a sudden closure of your vocal chords.
Tonight I got the hiccups. I don't know about you, but I HATE the hiccups. It got me to thinking. I am not the only person who gets the hiccups and if they are annoying to me, then they have to be annoying to others too. When I looked up the meaning of a hiccup, I immediately began to contemplate on my daughter (referring to "a sudden closure of your vocal chords"). Math is not my strength (as much as I wish it was). When Maddie comes home with homework...math homework...we immediately know that it is daddy's time to intervene. Last night, Maddie had a math worksheet for homework. Well...we are re-doing our office, and while her daddy was out in the workroom getting things ready, mommy was on MATH homework duty. Math homework ended up in a yelling match. Actually, my sweet Maddie's temperment has changed in the last month. She still argues with me, but not as much as she used to (I know moms, I know I have it coming to me, but I am cherishing this moment for now). Maddie is at a point where she wants to please me and her daddy and doesn't want to upset either one of us. You can see where this is going....I ended up screaming and Maddie ended up even more confused and sad. After telling her she would have to wait for her daddy I went upstairs. She then came up to my bathroom just to make sure I was okay.
Mr. Facial Hair...aka "dad" won. (just this once) :)
After looking up the definition of a hiccup...I wish I had had the hiccups last night. My vocal chords should have had a sudden closure. There are MANY times where I wish I had not said something that I ended up saying... it should have ended in a hiccup.
Many times we use the word "hiccup" to refer to a mistake or an accident. Moms, sisters, wives, friends...it is an important role in our breathing, but, thank goodness we all have them. I sure need a sudden closure in my vocal chords every once in a while. Maybe this is a wake up call. Maybe it is a wake up call to be more patient with my kids. Maybe it is a wake up call to not say what is exactly what is on my mind. A hiccup is an accident, and that is exactly what I had the other night. I did not mean to end Maddie's homework in a screaming fight. I did not mean to hurt a heart that is trying.
My repurpose for today: When I get the hiccups, I need to realize that my sudden close of the vocal chords is a sign!
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