If you give a mom a minute to relax
She will probably want to use the restroom alone
Once in the bathroom she will be reminded she needs to buy more toilet paper
When she realizes she needs toilet paper, she will pull out her phone to make a list
As she pulls out her phone to make a list, she will see the reminder that school pictures are tomorrow
Thinking about school pictures, she will remember she has to wash their clothes for their outfit
Washing their outfits will make her realize the laundry to be folded is overflowing in the laundry room
Sitting down on the couch to fold the clothes will signal to the kids that she is free and they will ask for a snack
Opening the pantry to get them a snack will remind her that she has not started the crockpot for dinner
Once she is done throwing everything into the crockpot, the kids will start complaining that they don’t like it
Hearing them complain will result in a conversation about being grateful for what you have,
Conducting that conversation will remind that mom how thankful she is for:
kids that need her,
a school that educates her littles,
the ability to buy clothes for her kids that need to be folded,
the means to have food to serve them and
the reminder that a day all too soon the day will come where the minutes to relax are many when the littles have grown, dinners are made only for two and the piles of clothes have gotten smaller.
For many of us, our heads are spinning with to-do lists, meal planning, household chores and now we have to add in school projects too. For just a moment, I am going to take a deep breath and remember two popular sayings: “This too shall pass” and “The days may be long, but the years are short”.
As the baby prepares to turn 1 this week and the other 2 are working their way through elementary, I am reminded that their independence is growing and the years are slipping away. So today I will be thankful for a laundry room full of clothes, an interruption asking for a snack, the opportunity to sit and nurse the baby for a few more minutes, a reminder of all I am thankful for and the idea that soon enough I will once again have the opportunity to use the bathroom by myself.
Today if you give me a minute to myself, I will probably shed a tear, realizing time is moving way too fast…