Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Life Truly

My kids. 

They are darling and precious. And they are loud and strange.

Sometimes sweet, but usually sassy. Sometimes well-mannered, but often a train wreck.

All too often I find myself whispering, "Don't grow weary in doing good because someday I'll reap a harvest." Most days, based on behavior and attitudes, I am convinced my harvest will be explosive in size and more than heaven and earth can bear.
One drizzly morning I had a cup of coffee in one hand and a magazine in the other. Kids were all playing nicely so surely a few minutes of alone time was possible. (Be quiet. I hear you snickering. I really did think it was possible. How quickly I forget from the previous time. And the time before that.)

No sooner did I sit down and Jax came running toward me, Annalyse was calling for me from the top of the stairs, Micah started crying from somewhere upstairs, and Grady Lee came pouting coming down the stairs.

"Guys, I want to drink my coffee and enjoy 15 minutes of alone time. No one talking to me. No one touching me. No one by me. Unless there's an emergency, go where I don't see you and find something to do."

"But mom, you just took a shower and had a few minutes of alone time. Why do you need more?"

While getting groceries the other day, Jax was content in the cart pointing at things, babbling to himself, and waving hello to doting old ladies.

As I perused some produce, he suddenly let out wails of "BAAAALLL! BAAAALLL!" I whirled around and didn't see a ball anywhere. I tried to quiet him and say there were no balls here and we'd get a ball at home.

His wailing persisted, reaching even higher volumes, and he frantically pointed.

And then my eyes caught sight of the "ball" he wanted. On the bottom of a cart many, many, many feet away was a nice, round watermelon. And, of course, in order to get out of the area I had to navigate by said grocery cart.

As I tried to nonchalantly stroll by with him wailing "BAAAALLL!" the lady next to the watermelon bearing cart turned to Jax to talk to him and try to comfort him.

I'm usually up for small chit chat at the store, but this time I simply said, "He thinks your watermelon is a ball. He's throwing a tantrum. He won't be quiet anytime soon. I need to keep on moving."

And I whizzed along to the dairy section, perhaps getting the cart up on two side wheels as I raced around the corner.
A couple of days ago I was backing out of the driveway to head to the pool. Annalyse let out a frantic, "Wait! I'm not safe in my seat yet!"

I simply replied by saying we weren't even to the road yet and she had plenty of time to get her seat belt on. Rather than calmly strap herself in, she responded with hyperventilating wails.

"The armpits of my seat won't go down and I can't get my seat belt on!"

Armpits of your seat? Ah yes, you mean the arm rests.

By now Grady Lee was standing up trying to help her and in the process stepped on the end of a pool noodle, which sent the other end flying into the air and slapped Jax on the face.

Enter more wailing.

As Grady Lee was helping Annalyse, Micah unbuckled himself and stood up to try and comfort Jax and be sure his face was okay. As he leaned forward his elbow jammed Grady Lee in the ribs and Grady Lee responded with a yell and a punch to Micah.

You guess it: more wailing.

And as I sat, still buckled in and waiting to get out of the driveway, I was doing everything I could to not join the chorus of wailing behind me.

Going to the pool sure is a lot of work.
You know, sometimes it's simply laugh or cry. Well, and occasionally to ignore it all and pretend everything is well in my small corner of the world.

This? This is my life.

1 comment:

  1. And before you know it,you will be like Doug and I as we find ourselves home alone most evenings wondering what we use to do before kids. Don't get me wrong we are learning to enjoy our time together post kids but I do findmyself longing for the days of ol when they were all home tucked safely in bed or snuggling on my lap! Now my heart skips a beat when they call home to tell me about their day, a job interview they had or just to say hi mom! Motherhood is a blessing and a joy I'm so glad God aloud me to raise the four best young adults in the world.