Life in Circles-- The magic of parenthood!

Life in Circles-- The magic of parenthood!

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   I marvel at my life these days; gone are the three full to the top shopping carts, a dirty laundry pile that only seemed to grow larger no matter how often I washed them, dirty dishes toppling over in the sink after one meal, and searching for loose change just to put gas in my car. My life is not like that anymore! I enjoy going to the store these days, and watching some other poor beaten mother of three battle her way to the checkout dragging the little fussy ones behind her. I can see the look of pure exhaustion in her eyes, the lag in her steps, and the annoyance in her voice as she utters a secure and resounding  “No!” to the child fingering the candy bars. Her head turns quicker than the girl on the "The Exorcist", as one child quickly tries to add junk food to the cart; then, I smile—sometimes I want to burst out into hysterical laughter—almost maniacal! The memories of taking seven children to the grocery store is—well it’s—maddening! I did it, I mean I was there in body; never too sure if my mind was fully there or not—but it happened!

My Bobby always managed to place a few non-essential items on the conveyor; he was smarter than most, because if he put it in the cart, I would catch it quick—but while I was busy unloading the cart…that’s when he’d place them where he knew I would not see them. Of course, the bagger was just as quick; I think he took bribes—yes, I’m sure of it. Either that, or he was trying to see how much it would take to see me crack. Children—pure joy and at times, a curse; I would not trade my life with them for anything. When I see a mother struggling with a difficult child a part of me yearns to give her a hug and let her know, these are memories…they are crazy moments, hectic and sometimes they feel earth shattering—they are not. The moment will end, a quiet calming time will come and yes, she will wish to relive it all. Being a parent is not for sissies! Exhaustion beats you down; projectile vomiting children, raspberry jam on white carpeting, mud footprints on a newly waxed floor, and piles of dirty laundry and dishes seem to take up more than a 24 hour day.  A typical day: Awake, 5:30 am, one eye sealed shut because your croupy 3 year old wiped his green mucus nose on your flannel nightgown at 2:00 in the morning as he snuggled up in your bed at night, you shuffle into the kitchen to grab that first cup of coffee only to find the coffee maker was unplugged to charge your husband’s drill.  Breakfast time, make pancakes for seven children, eat leftovers while packing lunches, baby in high chair is feeding the dog, child number four, spills milk all over child number two’s homework, take paper, iron dry, send off with upset child, pack car with all children for drives to said schools, drop babies off to childcare, try and fix hair, make-up while in parking lot of work, and start your work day with a smile. Someone calls in sick, and you do the work of two people—Well, sure, you are used to being superwoman right?

Work day over at last— well your paid one is over, the extracurricular day, i.e. home life, is never done. Pick up children, drag clinging three year old in while he has a death grip on your leg, put baby in her play pen, with blanket, start dinner, help children with homework while stirring sauce before it sticks to pan—meanwhile baby is screaming bloody murder because three year old has taken life-saving blanket, run to see the crying baby, wrestle with three year old, smell burnt something, swap blanket for cheese stick, check on scorched food.  Gather children to wash up for dinner, argue with child number four that running water over tips of fingers is not washing hands—serve dinner, eat leftovers on children’s plates.  Clear table, finish up looking over homework, a little television time for the family while you do dishes, baby cries again, soiled diaper, change baby, get children ready for baths, bathe all children, send off to bed, pick up dirty laundry, dump in laundry room, kiss all the babies goodnight, child number four argues over bedtime, wants story—read story… check in on all children, get clothes ready for morning, manage a nice long two minute bath, and off to bed—heck, you are in bed a little early tonight…it’s only 12:05 am!

 

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