There I was, standing in the shower. I was walking the water temperature tight rope balancing act that we all do. Turn the knob one degree to the left and you risk boiling the flesh right off your body; turn it the slightest bit in the other direction and the water just doesn’t satisfy.
Then it happened… FLUSH! SCREAM!!
“Sorry mama,” said my sweet little boy. Oh well, it was time to get out anyways. My two little munchkins had been happily watching one of their favorite TV shows about a little blue dog, but there was no telling how long their bliss would last. I stepped out of the shower and wrapped my scalded body in a surfing dinosaur beach towel.
“Mama, I go pee pee,” came the voice of my other sweet little boy.
“Ok, don’t forget to pull your pants down.” Yes, that was a necessary reminder!
“Oh no! Pee pee get on floor!” I reassured him from the next room that it was ok. I’ll clean it up once I’m dressed. Accidents like this were why we put his tiny little potty on the kitchen floor after all. No big deal!
Before I even finished toweling off I was informed by my oldest son, we’ll call him the flusher, that there was a disaster that needed my immediate attention in his bedroom. I guess they were both done with TV time. That’s actually a good thing, but I secretly wished that they had wanted to watch just one more episode.
I walked into his room to find all but one of his toy containers dumped out on the floor. Apparently Superman’s cape was missing again! Everyone knows that Superman is powerless without his cape. We had to fix this problem stat! I proceed to go through the house wrapped in my dino towel looking for that tiny piece of red fabric. I kept a sharp eye on all of the windows to be sure that the curtains were not cracked open.
After ten minutes of searching I remembered to look in the most obvious place – my underwear drawer. The drawer where I keep my granny panties and fuzzy socks is just about the best place to store anything worth storing, according to my two year old at least. I opened it up and sure enough, there it was right in plain sight. I would have found it a long time ago had I been allowed to dress, but that’s neither here nor there. Disaster averted.
I delivered the miniature cape and dashed back to my room to throw some clothes on my mostly dry body. I took extra care to choose my favorite fuzzy socks. I needed to cover my frozen toes. I was just about to go do something with my hair when my littlest, we’ll call him chugger, reminded me that his cup had been empty for an eternity. He must have milk! I felt for the little guy and made my way to the kitchen to get him some more milk; it had been an hour and a half since he had a drink. That poor little guy must have been parched!
“Give me your cup sweetie,” I said stepping onto the flowery linoleum kitchen floor. Then it happened… SPLASH! NO!!!
“I wa-wee mama,” came the apologetic voice of my sweet little two year old. Yep, you guessed it, I had forgotten about the mess in the kitchen during the mad search for Superman’s cape and my own selfish desire to cloth my scalded body. Now I stood in the middle of the kitchen wearing one cozy fuzzy pink sock, and one disgustingly pee soaked soggy sock.
That was my morning.
I quickly realized that I had a choice to make. I could look at these days as something to “get through”, or I could embrace these days as precious and all too fleeting times. You see, there was nothing really all that out of the ordinary about this morning, so to wish these types of challenges away would be like wishing my children’s childhood away. These are the types of things that parents of young children deal with. When you step back and look at life for what it is, it becomes clear that these crazy situations are actually part of the hilarity of parenting.
I looked down at the nasty sock covering my freshly washed foot, and made a comical face. I looked straight at my two little boys who were staring at me from the next room, and let out the most ridiculous sounding “Eeeeeeeeeeeewwww!!!” We all started cracking up.
I choose to embrace these days!
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