"You did what?!" I've said these words at least 10,000 times since I became a mom. All you moms know what I mean. You turn your back for a second or the house gets really quiet and before you know it - DISASTER!! At least it feels like disaster at the time.
I think I can speak for most moms out there; we put a lot of pressure on ourselves.
- wash the clothes
- cook dinner
- make sure the kids are clean
- get everyone to practice
- clean the house
- get the homework finished
- find time to exercise
- and on and on and on......
Not only do we feel the need to do all of these things (and more), we want it done perfectly and with grace. Heck, we even want to make it look easy.
But let's be real, it is HARD. Some days are harder than others. Just a few weeks ago, my middle child (age 7) decided spray painting the basketball goal a shiny golden/green color was a grand idea, even after being told not to do it. But he's a bit stubborn so he snuck off and set to work. In the process, he spray painted his face....including his eye! The screams that came from his mouth mimicked that of an angry pterodactyl.
"Somebody help me! I'm going to die," he screamed as I flushed his eye out in the kitchen sink. The whole time, I was thinking "what kind of mom am I?" Better yet, "what kind of eye doctor am I?" to have the spray paint accessible to my seven year old.
Then it hit me. I'm a normal mom. Not one of us is perfect, not one of us has perfect children, not one of us can do it all. But, we can all do our best and we can all learn from our rough days.
So, to all the mamas out there: When your kid spray paints his eye, flush it out, make sure he's not blind, and then move the spray paint even higher. You are not alone; learn from the "you did what" moments. Then later, maybe much later, find laughter from those moments. For laughter, after all, is the best medicine. Happy Mother's Day!