My husband came home today and saw me sitting on the couch, toddler
on one knee, and baby nursing on the opposite breast. I was trying to
turn the pages of a book with the hand not attached to the infant,
while listening to the sound of the stove buzzer, which would indicate that
tonight`s pork chops were at the stage between "well done" and "the dog
gets tonight`s entree
My husband looked at me innocently and asked "So, did you do
anything today?" It`s a good thing that most of my appendages were
otherwise engaged, as I was unable to jump up and throttle him
to death. This was probably for the best, as I assume that asking
a stupid question is not grounds for murder in this country.
Let me back up a bit and explain what led me to this point in my
life. I was not always bordering on the brink of insanity. On the
contrary, a mere four years ago, I had a good job, steady income, and a
vehicle that could not seat a professional sports team and me
I watched television shows that were not hosted by singing puppets. I
to bed later than nine o`clock at night. I preferred sex to sleeping
I laughed at those people who drove halfway across the country
hauling a tent trailer, three screaming kids, and a drooling dog and
called it a holiday. Now I have become one of them!
What happened? The stick turned blue. I have traded in my
Victoria`s Secrets lingerie for cotton briefs and a firm support nursing
bra. Good Bye Garth Brooks, Hello Barney and Big Bird. My idea of
privacy is getting to use the bathroom without a 2 yr. old banging on the
door and the baby spinning the toilet paper roll from my lap. And I
finally understand that the term "Stay at home Mom" does not refer to a
parent who no longer works outside the house, but rather to one who never
seems to get
out of the front door.
So, here I sit, children in hand, wondering, how to answer my
beloved husband. DID I DO ANYTHING TODAY?
Well, I think I did, although not much seems to have gotten
accomplished. I shared breakfast in bed with a handsome young man.
course the breakfast consisted of a bowl of porridge and leftover
crumbs found between the sheets. The handsome young man is about 34
inches tall and only gets excited at the sight of purple dinosaurs, toy
trucks and French fries. I got to take a relaxing stroll in the woods.
Of course I had to look for frogs and lizards, and had to stop and smell
dandelions along the way.
I successfully washed one load of laundry, moved the load that was
in the washer into the dryer, and the dryer load into the basket. The
that was in the basket is now spread out on the bed, awaiting my bedtime
decision to actually put the clothes away or merely move them to the top
I read two or three classics. Of course Dickens and Shakespeare
cannot take credit for these works, as we have moved on to the works of
Seuss and Munsch. I don`t think I will be making any trips to the adult
section of my local library anytime soon.
In between I dusted wiped organized and rearranged. I kissed away
the owies and washed away the tears. I scolded, praised, hugged, and
tested my patience, all before noon.
Did I do anything today?? You betcha!
I will now understand what people mean when they say that parenting
is the hardest job they will ever have. In my LBD (life before diapers)
was able to teach young minds how to divide fractions, write complex
sentences, but I am unable to teach a strong willed 2 yr. old how to use
I was once able to navigate urban streets while talking on the car
phone and looking for a decent radio station, but now I can`t get the
wheels on my stroller to all go in the same direction.
I`ve graduated from a university, written newspaper articles, and
won awards, but can`t figure out how to get carrot stains out of the
carpet. I used to debate with my friends about politics, but now we
discuss the merits of cloth versus disposable. And when did I stop
in sentences that had
more than 5 words?
So in response to my husbands inquiry, yes I did do something today.
In fact, I am one step closer to one of life`s greatest accomplishments.
No, I did not find a cure for cancer or forge world peace, but I did hold
miracle in my arms. Two in fact.
My children are my greatest accomplishment and the opportunity to
raise them is my greatest challenge. I don`t know if my children will
up to be great leaders or world class brain surgeons. Frankly, I don`t
as long as they grow up to be good people.
They are my greatest joys, even though I sometimes cry myself to
sleep at night in frustration. The point is that today I got to watch
children take another step on the great journey of life, and I even got
point out some of the sites along the way.
As challenging as parenthood is, it is also equally rewarding
because we are using all our wisdom, our talent and skills to help forge
new person. It is this person, these people, who in turn will use their
gifts to create our future.
So every nursery rhyme I recite, every swing I push every little
hand I hold is something. And I did it today!
Please pass this along to any Moms who you think need to hear how
valuable our work REALLY is...