In Over Your Head? A Literal Story

41068180 - feet with ears wheat in a green field

Have you ever been in over your head?

Or thought you were?

Because I am going to show you how those are two different things.

I’ve got a lot of kids and they all still live at my house. Therefore, I too have days where I feel in over my head.

Let me tell you about this one time, many moons ago, when I really was in over my head.

When my Sweet and I first got married, I was eager to discover the previously unknown-to-me joys of farm life.

There were the machines and the carts of corn and the smell of dirt. It was all fascinating and I took it all in like a kid.

At age twenty,  I practically was a kid. Sorry twenty-year-olds, but it’s true.

With no job and no kids, I spend a lot of time bonding with my Farmer. (Cue the warm fuzzies.)

A few months in, on a warm summer day, I followed my Sweet to investigate a problem. A field was flooded and curiously, the water wasn’t just standing, it was running. Like a shallow little creek.

Enamored, I waded right through the heart of a spontaneous river.

How cool was this? It feels great! Where is all this water coming from? Sweet? Why are you walking way over there? Come on in, the water’s…

And in a split second, I went from walking in wonder, to being in over my head.

Gasping, I tried to make sense out of my situation.

I was treading water in the middle of a CORN FIELD!

Sweet Husband was no help, bent at the waist, also gasping for air. The sight of his wife’s floating head was too much for him and he hit the dirt, choking on his own laughter.

I managed to pull myself out of the hole. Independently. By myself. Alone.

I was stunned.

The truth was eventually revealed: a water pump had burst underground and the high pressure of the water had created a secret and deep hole, camouflaged by the sturdy dirt surrounding it.

The reason my Sweet was walking around the creek was because he had weathered this water before. He might not have known about the five-foot hole but he knew enough not to trust the ground.

Why he didn’t share that information with his new bride is tabled for another time. On a therapist’s couch.

How about you? Have you ever been surprised by stress that suddenly sunk you? Don’t you find the sneak attack especially debilitating?

If I would have read the signs, I would have chosen my steps differently and avoided the plunge. (Although it’s quite a gut-buster to tell our kids now.)

I think I miss hints in my today life. Maybe we are all prone to ignore the flashing lights of stress and keep walking like everything is normal. Finding our heads barely above liquid, we tread water, desperate to get back to sturdy ground.

I don’t know what your tell-tell signs are. But I know mine.

Maybe the next time you grab a pen to fill in your calendar squares or make an energy commitment to someone, I hope you remember the lesson of my floating head and make wiser choices than I did on that hot summer day.

2 I like it
0 I don't like it

28 Comments

  1. Do you now look back on this memory and laugh together? What a great story to compare to with the feeling of being in over your head! I love your blog! Which is why I've nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. You can check out more information about it at http://greenwaldmom.com/2017/08/23/blogger-recognition-award/ if you choose to accept this nomination! <3

  2. Hey Taylor! Oh yes, we laugh often. As I punch him. It's great to have stories together.
    Thanks for dropping a note and thanks for the recommend. I'll check it out.
    Carissa

  3. An impressive share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing a bit of analysis on this. And he actually bought me breakfast as a result of I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I really feel strongly about it and love studying more on this topic. If attainable, as you change into expertise, would you mind updating your weblog with extra details? It is extremely helpful for me. Large thumb up for this blog put up!

  4. I want to get across my respect for your kind-heartedness giving support to individuals who absolutely need guidance on this one topic. Your special dedication to passing the solution all through became surprisingly beneficial and has regularly helped some individuals much like me to arrive at their objectives. Your interesting useful information can mean so much a person like me and far more to my mates. Warm regards; from all of us.

  5. Can I just say what a reduction to find someone who truly is aware of what theyre speaking about on the internet. You definitely know the way to carry an issue to mild and make it important. Extra folks have to read this and understand this aspect of the story. I cant imagine youre not more fashionable since you undoubtedly have the gift.

  6. I not to mention my friends appeared to be reviewing the nice ideas from the website and so at once I got a terrible suspicion I had not thanked the blog owner for those tips. These boys had been for this reason joyful to study them and have absolutely been loving these things. Thanks for getting well accommodating and for selecting varieties of decent guides millions of individuals are really needing to understand about. My very own sincere regret for not expressing appreciation to earlier.

  7. My wife and i have been thrilled that Chris managed to finish up his survey through the entire ideas he gained through the web page. It's not at all simplistic to just possibly be making a gift of guidance which other people have been making money from. We really grasp we've got the writer to thank for that. The entire illustrations you've made, the simple blog navigation, the friendships you can aid to instill - it is most amazing, and it's really aiding our son in addition to our family do think this concept is thrilling, which is very indispensable. Thanks for everything!

  8. I simply had to thank you so much once more. I am not sure the things I would've sorted out in the absence of these smart ideas discussed by you about such a topic. It previously was a real frightening condition in my view, however , observing a skilled technique you managed it forced me to cry with joy. I'm thankful for this service and thus pray you recognize what a powerful job you have been getting into teaching people today all through your website. Most likely you haven't come across any of us.

  9. You must participate in a contest for probably the greatest blogs on the web. I will recommend this site!

  10. I would like to show my appreciation to the writer just for bailing me out of this type of circumstance. After checking throughout the the net and finding strategies which are not productive, I thought my life was well over. Living without the strategies to the difficulties you've solved by way of your review is a critical case, as well as ones which may have badly damaged my career if I hadn't encountered your website. Your actual expertise and kindness in dealing with every item was important. I am not sure what I would've done if I had not come across such a subject like this. I can at this moment look forward to my future. Thank you very much for your expert and effective help. I will not think twice to suggest your blog post to any person who needs counselling on this subject.

  11. I want to express some thanks to you just for bailing me out of this challenge. As a result of researching throughout the the web and seeing basics which are not beneficial, I believed my life was done. Existing without the answers to the problems you've fixed through your main blog post is a crucial case, and the kind that would have adversely damaged my entire career if I had not noticed your site. Your personal capability and kindness in controlling a lot of things was useful. I'm not sure what I would have done if I had not encountered such a step like this. I am able to at this time look ahead to my future. Thanks so much for this specialized and results-oriented guide. I won't hesitate to propose the sites to any person who would need care about this area.

  12. I and also my pals were taking note of the good tips and tricks found on your site and so at once I got a horrible feeling I had not thanked the website owner for them. Most of the men are already totally excited to read them and have in effect surely been having fun with those things. I appreciate you for truly being simply kind as well as for having this kind of high-quality issues most people are really desirous to be informed on. My personal honest regret for not saying thanks to you sooner.

  13. My spouse and i ended up being now happy when Peter could do his investigations from the ideas he came across from your own weblog. It's not at all simplistic to just happen to be offering tricks men and women might have been making money from. And now we discover we have the website owner to thank because of that. All of the explanations you made, the easy site menu, the relationships you give support to engender - it's many spectacular, and it's helping our son in addition to the family do think this idea is brilliant, which is certainly tremendously important. Many thanks for all the pieces!

  14. I am glad for commenting to make you know of the impressive encounter my wife's princess gained going through the blog. She came to find a wide variety of things, including what it is like to have an ideal coaching style to get other individuals effortlessly thoroughly grasp various hard to do subject areas. You really exceeded our own expected results. Thank you for presenting the great, safe, educational as well as fun guidance on this topic to Jane.

  15. I would like to show thanks to the writer just for rescuing me from this type of setting. Because of surfing around through the internet and coming across strategies that were not pleasant, I assumed my life was well over. Being alive without the presence of approaches to the problems you've sorted out as a result of your article is a critical case, and those that might have in a negative way affected my entire career if I had not come across your website. Your actual expertise and kindness in touching everything was vital. I am not sure what I would've done if I had not discovered such a stuff like this. I can at this moment look ahead to my future. Thanks so much for your skilled and sensible guide. I won't hesitate to propose the website to anyone who should have direction on this subject matter.

  16. I simply needed to thank you very much once again. I am not sure the things I would have created in the absence of the actual methods contributed by you on such a subject matter. It was actually a real terrifying setting in my view, however , coming across a new expert technique you managed the issue made me to jump with contentment. I'm just happy for the service and thus trust you realize what an amazing job that you're undertaking educating many others via your web site. I am certain you've never met all of us.

  17. I together with my buddies happened to be taking note of the good information and facts located on your web page and then quickly I got a terrible feeling I never expressed respect to you for those strategies. All of the boys are already for that reason thrilled to read all of them and have undoubtedly been taking pleasure in these things. Many thanks for indeed being simply accommodating and for utilizing these kinds of impressive ideas most people are really desperate to understand about. My sincere regret for not expressing appreciation to you earlier.

  18. I want to show my passion for your kind-heartedness in support of visitors who should have assistance with this question. Your personal commitment to passing the solution around was especially beneficial and has continuously made guys and women much like me to attain their pursuits. This valuable suggestions denotes a lot a person like me and somewhat more to my colleagues. Warm regards; from each one of us.

  19. I intended to post you that bit of observation just to say thanks a lot over again for your personal striking techniques you have discussed on this site. It has been simply remarkably open-handed of people like you to allow without restraint what a few individuals might have offered for sale for an e book to generate some cash on their own, especially now that you could have tried it if you ever wanted. The tactics in addition acted to provide a easy way to fully grasp that the rest have the identical passion just as my personal own to see way more in respect of this condition. I believe there are numerous more pleasant periods in the future for individuals that looked over your blog.

  20. I just wanted to jot down a simple remark so as to say thanks to you for all the pleasant strategies you are posting at this website. My extensive internet investigation has finally been rewarded with useful knowledge to talk about with my pals. I 'd point out that most of us visitors actually are rather endowed to be in a notable place with many special professionals with beneficial opinions. I feel pretty fortunate to have discovered your website page and look forward to tons of more exciting minutes reading here. Thank you once again for all the details.

  21. I happen to be writing to make you be aware of what a magnificent encounter our girl experienced studying your web page. She even learned lots of details, including how it is like to have a marvelous giving character to make certain people without problems have an understanding of specified complicated subject areas. You really surpassed my desires. Many thanks for producing such invaluable, dependable, edifying as well as cool tips on that topic to Emily.

  22. I wish to voice my gratitude for your kindness in support of men and women that absolutely need help with this particular matter. Your real commitment to getting the message around turned out to be extremely insightful and have constantly enabled others like me to arrive at their targets. Your new helpful facts denotes this much to me and far more to my office workers. Thanks a ton; from all of us.

  23. I'm also writing to let you be aware of what a magnificent discovery my cousin's princess found reading the blog. She mastered lots of things, which include how it is like to possess an incredible helping character to get men and women without difficulty grasp some tricky matters. You truly exceeded our own expectations. Thanks for displaying the warm and friendly, safe, educational and fun thoughts on that topic to Evelyn.

  24. I and also my guys have already been following the excellent helpful hints found on your site then instantly developed a horrible suspicion I had not thanked the website owner for those strategies. Most of the young boys came excited to read through them and have in effect truly been having fun with those things. Thank you for really being simply accommodating and also for picking this form of nice things most people are really eager to learn about. My personal honest apologies for not expressing gratitude to you earlier.

  25. My spouse and i were so joyful that Ervin could finish off his analysis by way of the ideas he grabbed through your blog. It's not at all simplistic to simply find yourself making a gift of tips that many many others might have been selling. And we all realize we need the writer to thank because of that. The main illustrations you have made, the straightforward web site menu, the friendships you can give support to engender - it's got everything wonderful, and it's really leading our son in addition to us understand this subject is fun, which is unbelievably vital. Thank you for all the pieces!

  26. I want to express my love for your kind-heartedness giving support to women who have the need for assistance with this subject matter. Your personal dedication to passing the solution all around had been remarkably powerful and has constantly enabled girls much like me to arrive at their pursuits. Your own helpful tips and hints indicates a lot a person like me and far more to my colleagues. Thanks a lot; from each one of us.

  27. I precisely had to appreciate you again. I am not sure the things I could possibly have used in the absence of the actual aspects provided by you concerning that topic. It became a very scary condition in my circumstances, but observing the professional technique you dealt with it made me to leap over delight. I'm happier for your service and then trust you find out what a great job that you are undertaking educating the others all through your web blog. More than likely you haven't got to know all of us.

  28. I not to mention my friends were reading the great tips found on the website and then unexpectedly developed a terrible feeling I never thanked the blog owner for those techniques. Most of the men were definitely certainly happy to read through them and have now very much been enjoying them. I appreciate you for actually being considerably thoughtful and also for considering this form of incredible areas most people are really wanting to understand about. My very own sincere regret for not saying thanks to sooner.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *