Thursday, April 14, 2011
What I Lack...
Writing prompt for this week: What I Lack...
Well, THIS should be easy. Where do I begin??
I lack space...space in our cramped house for any more toys/things/kids;closet space for anymore clothes/coats/shoes; pantry space for my once-weekly bulk shopping trips to Sam's/refrigerator space for our weekly milk supply(8 gallons-again purchased at Sam's which is our regular grocery store); garage space for all the bikes/scooters/balls, bats, gloves(oh, you're supposed to park a car in the garage?-yeah, right!).
I lack time...time to just hang out with the kids; time to spend with each one separately; quality time with them when I'm not doing the laundry/dishes/changing a diaper/feeding-preparing to feed-cleaning up AFTER the feeding. I'm always doing the above things AND trying to play a game/help with homework/watch a movie/color...the list is endless. A plus to this? I am an EXPERT multi-tasker!
I lack will power...to say "NO" to things like chocolate, and Coke, and M&M's, and chocolate chip cookie dough, and Brownie Batter Blizzards from DQ...this list is endless too!
I lack patience...when my oldest comes out of bed at 8p.m. and tells me he forgot to do his homework, and by this time of day, I'm easily stumped by the homework(not for real stumped), but stumped because Katelyn is screaming in my ear because she needs a bottle and bed, and Anna is waiting for me to come upstairs to tuck her in(again), and I just couldn't THINK of the answer to that last question on his homework!! So we asked dear hubby to come help us save the day(and he was a little stumped too!-thank goodness it wasn't just me). And then I felt soooo guilty for making him feel bad that he forgot to do his homework...ugh, not a great moment in mom-history, and as my hubby says, I did NOT just receive the "mother-of-the-year award"-hahahaha.
I lack a housekeeper...seriously, wouldn't it be awesome to have a housekeeper? A LIVE-IN housekeeper, who would go around and clean up after us all day long. Like Alice on the Brady Bunch. She must've made some serious cash! If I had a housekeeper I wouldn't have a lack of time, at least. She'd have to live in the garage, though,(I'd clear a space amongst all the bikes/scooters/bats, balls, and gloves) as we have no more SPACE in our house for another human being!!
What I DO lack in the above, I make up for in my MANY blessings. I am THE luckiest lady to have these 4 awesome, amazing, loving kids(who seem to love ME even in my not-so-great-mom moments). And I totally lucked out by marrying my awesome husband(who I didn't like when we first met, and was totally shocked when he asked me out!), but have been married to for 10 years in October. Sure it's a roller coaster sometimes, but what marriage isn't? This isn't the freakin' Bachelor for goodness' sake! I am so very lucky to have a good job that pays our bills and is flexible enough to let me be at home when my kids are and work when they're in school. I have awesome parents/brothers/sisters/friends who make my life enjoyable. And, of course, I have my running...
"Running has an uncanny ability to mellow the soul, to take the edge off hard feelings, and put things back into healthy perspective." A favorite quote from Dean Karnazes,(a famous ultra-marathoner and author among other things).