Tuesday, 10 July 2012
One of Those Days
Have you ever had one?
They seem to pop up out of nowhere. It's bright and sunshine-y, the birds are chirping, the grass is green and the neighbourhood is alive with the sounds of summer. You've made a lovely breakfast for the kids and they even remembered their manners! You have cleaned the kitchen and loaded the dishes into the dishwasher. And then....
The dishwasher will not start. You fiddle with the buttons, get a little annoyed. Maybe (just sayin') you even kick it. Nothing. So you suck it up and wash a double load by hand. You were trying to save on your water and electric bills so you didn't run the dishwasher last night because it wasn't completely full.
Meanwhile, youngest gets angry at oldest for not playing fair. Youngest hits oldest, middle gets angry and runs to to defend oldest (or youngest, who knows). Youngest and oldest get sent to time out. While trying to decide what to do with middle you notice that he jingles when he walks. Upon closer inspection you discover that he has jammed every coin that he could find into his underwear. Because it makes a good pocket, he says, with his most serious expression. You worry about his future, make him wash the loonies and twonies with disinfectant and tell him that it is not socially appropriate to stuff things down his shorts. He can keep the smaller denominations so long as he promises that he will put them in the jar you give him.
No big deal, but it definitely puts a cramp in your morning plans.
You realize that you are running behind schedule, but you are still willing to catch up. And then....
Laundry needs to be done since you discovered your oldest has been stuffing both the clean and the dirty laundry behind his dresser. Hooray for finally locating the smell that has been drifting down the stairs!
No big deal, but it is putting another cramp in your morning plans.
Still running behind. But you think you may catch up. And then....
Before you start the kid's laundry, you have to re-wash a load that you left sitting in the washer, wet. Because it is summer, and wet laundry goes skunk-y really quick. But don't worry! You are catching up! Switch over the wash! Load in the boy's clothes! There is a light at the end of the tunnel! Quick run to the kitchen to fix everyone a snack! Wash the snack dishes so you won't have to do them later. Get the kids organized with shoes for the trip to the park that you promised them an hour ago. Wait- where are their pants? Why do they never have pants on? Send the youngest to the bathroom since there are no toilets at the park and pause to think,
"So I'm a little behind, but I'm getting on top of things."
A little voice asks "Mommy? Why is there SO MUCH WATER on the laundry room floor?"
Sigh. Because Your washing machine started filling, and did not know when to stop. You throw every towel and blanket you can find on top of the lake that used to be your laundry room and hope it sops up the mess. But not before realizing that the water has leaked through the floor into Daddy's office downstairs. And you will have to pull down the walls AND the ceiling down there because this is not the first time water has leaked.
Have you ever had one of THOSE days?
I think we will go to the park anyway. After Mommy has a nap.
Posted by Jon Sprung at 10:28