We arrived home late Friday night from our spring break trip. I was exhausted, but even in my delirious state, I couldn’t miss the overgrown flower beds and numerous blades of onion grass waving to me. Before I went to bed, I told Philip, “Tomorrow I have to weed the flower beds.”
I woke up Saturday morning with a plan. Shortly after I finished my coffee, I put in a load of vacation laundry (because just saying laundry doesn’t quite do my 15 loads of wash justice), and then I got dressed for my yard project. I said to my kids, “I will be outside if you need me.” I think they grunted a reply. We were all ready for a bit of a relationship breather.
2 hours later, I came in for a glass of water….
If a mom goes in for a glass of water, someone will ask her for a drink.
After she gets child #1 a drink, child #2 will realize he is hungry.
While she is making child #2 lunch, she will remember she needs to switch the laundry.
As she is switching around the laundry, child #2 asks if lunch is ready.
She leaves the laundry to finish making his lunch. While making lunch, child #1 realizes she is hungry too, but she doesn’t want the same thing as child #2. Mom tells child #1 she isn’t making 2 separate lunches. Child #1 starts to cry. She makes tired child #1 a different lunch.
She then realizes she forgot to drink her water, but she can’t find her glass. She fills another glass with water. But then she remembers she has to finish folding the clothes. She puts down her glass to finish the laundry.
While she is filling the washer with the beach towels, beach sand left in a towel pours all over the floor. Frustrated, she goes to look for the vacuum.
While looking for the vacuum, she sees that child #3 didn’t put his things away in the bathroom. She finds child #3 and asks him to clean the bathroom. He tells her he is hungry. She tells child #3 to make his own lunch. Child #3 decides he isn’t that hungry. Overwhelmed by mom-guilt because she made child #1 and child #2 lunch, she makes lunch for child #3. She goes back to finish the laundry.
When she walks into the laundry room, she walks on sand and remembers she was going to vacuum. So, she goes to find the vacuum.
While she is vacuuming the laundry room, she realizes the kitchen needs vacuuming too. So, she just vacuums the entire downstairs. Why not?
After she puts the vacuum away, she realizes how thirsty she is. She can’t find her glass. She pours another glass of water and commits to drinking it right then and there. She does.
She puts her glass in the dishwasher and heads back into the laundry room. She is very impressed that the sand is gone. She starts the washer. At the same time, the dryer stops. She decides to fold the laundry since she is already standing there.
Children #1, #2 and #3 start to fight. Someone starts yelling. Another starts crying. She spends 20 minutes trying to figure out who poked who first. She sends everyone to different corners and goes back to the dryer.
After she finishes folding the clothes, she heads back to the kitchen only to realize no one put their dishes in the dishwasher. She decides to load the dishwasher herself because she no longer wants to talk to her children.
She is still thirsty, so she fills another glass (because she already put the other glass in the dishwasher). She drinks it. Quietly. Alone. Hiding in the pantry.
She is finally ready to go back outside when she hears the washer buzz. She goes to the laundry room to switch clothes around (again). While she is in the laundry room, child #4 comes in to ask her what's for lunch.
She pretends she didn’t hear him. She doesn’t respond. He shrugs his shoulders and walks over to the fridge and opens it. 5 minutes later, he is still standing in front of the open fridge but hasn’t moved anything around. She is disgusted. She still doesn’t know if he ever ate lunch.
She puts her shoes back on and heads out to the flower bed only to discover the tools are gone. She finds her husband working on his own outdoor project to report the theft. He smiles. He tells her he put everything away after he heard the vacuum running in the house. He assumed she was done and cleaned up for her…so sweet.
She pulls out the tools again. She is determined to never be thirsty again…
She isn’t growing a garden.
She is growing a family.
Living Completely Undone
I am a girl passionately in love with Jesus, my husband, and my children. I am forever learning how to live a life completely undone for my God. This blog is about my journey and a few funny stories in between.