Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine and injustice when He could do something about it. But I'm afraid God might ask me the same question.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Seriously

So it snowed here in the south on Monday, and the kids were thrilled they got a snow day...  then Tuesday rolled around and the roads were iced so they called it a snow day again...double thrilled.  Then today, the ice was melting at a pretty rapid pace, but still the schools called ANOTHER snow day, and I thought they had just lost their marbles.. we had to get out we were going a bit stir crazy so we headed to one of those crazy bounce house places along with every other mama and their brood in suburbia.  So we had survived and enjoyed our super long snow break...and then I got the call from the school tonight.. they have already called school off for tomorrow...seriously now, seriously..it snowed 3 inches 3 days ago.  Insane!     But you know what it gets me to thinking,,, what do you wonderful homeschooling mamas do when you have all the kids home ALL. THE. TIME.  I love my kids, they are wonderful...but there is NO way this mama is taking 5 little kids to the grocery store.. it's not that my kids are bad, but we take up the whole aisle -the look of pity and horror and my fellow shoppers faces is enough to send me over the edge.   But this mama needs to get some things done, I had all this pent up new years resolutions type resolve to get organized,,, which is quickly zapped when you have a crew this large wanting to "help" with projects around the house.  Or try cleaning out the pantry with 6 always ravenous mongrels waiting for you to unearth the last box of brownies from the back of the cupboard.  Chaos I tell you!  The best way to describe having 6 kiddos with such a wide age range... Life is good, Life is simple, Life is fun...as long as Mama isn't trying to accomplish anything!    
Here's to another day of wearing our jammies 'till noon and not getting anything done.  
And for all the Mama's out there in my same boat.. I wanted to share something I saw on a blog the other day.. i had seen it before but I needed to see it again.. I printed it out and taped it to my bathroom mirror, and have thought of it often this week.  It really hits home when your in the "trenches" of the long days of mothering young kiddos... Here it is:
An Erma Bombeck Column:
A young mother writes: "I know you've written before about the empty-nest syndrome -- that lonely period after the children are grown and gone. Right now, I'm up to my eyeballs in laundry and muddy boots. The baby is teething; the boys are fighting. My husband just called and said to eat without him, and I fell off my diet. Lay it on me again, will you?"

OK.
One of these days, you'll shout, "Why don't you kids grow up and act your age!"
And they will.


Or, "You guys get outside and find yourselves something to do ... and don't slam the door!"
And they won't.


You'll straighten up the boys' bedroom neat and tidy -- bumper stickers discarded, bedspread tucked and smooth, toys displayed on the shelves. Hangers in the closet. Animals caged. And you'll say out loud, "Now I want it to stay this way."
And it will.


You'll prepare a perfect dinner with a salad that hasn't been picked to death and a cake with no finger traces in the icing, and you'll say, "Now, there's a meal for company."
And you'll eat it alone.


You'll say: "I want complete privacy on the phone. No dancing around. No demolition crews. Silence! Do you hear?" And you'll have it.


No more plastic tablecloths stained with spaghetti.
No more bedspreads to protect the sofa from damp bottoms.
No more gates to stumble over at the top of the basement steps.
No more clothespins under the sofa.
No more playpens to arrange a room around.


No more anxious nights under a vaporizer tent.
No more sand on the sheets or Popeye movies in the bathrooms.
No more iron-on patches, wet, knotted shoestrings, tight boots, or rubber bands for ponytails.


Imagine. A lipstick with a point on it. No baby sitter for New Year's Eve. Washing only once a week. Seeing a steak that isn't ground. Having your teeth cleaned without a baby on your lap.


No PTA meetings.
No car pools.
No blaring radios.
No one washing her hair at 11 o'clock at night.
Having your own roll of Scotch tape.


Think about it. No more Christmas presents out of toothpicks and library paste.
No more sloppy oatmeal kisses.
No more tooth fairy.
No giggles in the dark.
No knees to heal, no responsibility.


Only a voice crying, "Why don't you grow up?"


and the silence echoing, "I did."

9 comments:

Sarabeth Hudson said...

Boo hoo...that Erma Bombeck thing is DEPRESSING!!! We went sledding this morning and I convinced Joe to go. He said he had to work and I said....at the end of your life, are you going to be glad you worked this 2 hours or are you going to be glad you had this experience with your kids? Ha - he went...and was glad he did! So, eat something out of the freezer and wear pajamas (again)! We'll figure out when to get to all the 'stuff' later :) My house is a wreck, too. You are not alone. It just feels like it. Wait a minute. You probably don't remember what it feels like to be alone! <3

Robin said...

That sounds like our house and I only have three at home!! I do have to go back to school today and I am already missing pajama day!!! It's still a snow day for the children, no school for them until Tuesday!!!

Blessings,
Robin

Jennifer and Greg said...

Needed to read that today!

Thanks!

Jennifer

Mommy said...

And now I'm a blubbering mess! We are snowday #4 here too and I'm growing weary as well. Thanks for the reminder! I needed it.

groovy mama said...

we got 4" on tuesday and we our kids only got a 2hour delay...wow, so jeolous! I love LAZY! I love doing nothing all day with the kids, as long as no-ones has a MELT DOWN!
Love the Erma read, funny, scotch tape is a favorite 'toy' here and i never have my own...i thought it was just us!
thanks for sharing!
Donna

withgratefulhearts said...

Well, as a homeschool mom, I can honestly say that the laundry, dishes, and housework always have to take a backseat to school. I can't EVER keep up. But when those handsome, 6 foot tall boys of mine walk into a room and still throw their arms around me just like the little ones do, it melts my heart and the laundry doesn't seem so important anymore. And we just call our pajamas our "school uniforms" around here :)
Cherie

chksngr said...

Yea Jay was home for 4 days cuz his school, while in Meck, stays closed if Union is closed...UGH! BUT Grandma and Grandpa have been here. YAHOO!!! a ready distraction...I love that Erma Bombeck thing...by the way at the end of day three, with Jayden bouncing literally off the walls, Scott said, "just think of how Sarabeth and Amy must feel!" Indeed....

fullertribe said...

For us in the North we are laughing at not having school with 3 inches of snow. We've gotten snow almost everyday this week and no snow days at all. We almost have to have ice for them to call school here! Enjoy your time with the kiddos this to shall pass :)

Melissa said...

I know that someday it will be that way and I will probably be sad, but there are days when I feel ready for it! I love that Erma Bombeck.