How many of us out there start to question our sanity on those days when it seems like the house is upside down, your family wants you to just relax but the clock is ticking on so many things? Do you do what I do? I sit there for a bit thinking, “what if the house cleaning police show up or what if today is the day that Ms. Martha Stewart shows up to see if I followed her fitted sheet folding instructions?” None of this is happening, we know it isn’t but the pressure is on isn’t it?! Perhaps it is the fact that we are constantly posting pictures to social media of our lives, our need to put in our part in the home or just that someone dinged us in the head while we were tuned into Leave It to Beaver.
Today was such a day and I threw caution to the wind and didn’t accomplish anything except a day with my family in my messy house. I spent time talking casually with my husband, we took a nap in our hovel of a room, I taught Kaitlynn how to bake a blueberry crisp while Dayve prepared a great meal on the grill and we finished it all off with four hours of television featuring Wipeout and America’s Got Talent. The bedroom is still a mess, I have cleared a fire exit. The clothes are all dirty, two weeks worth of travel is still in the suitcase and the empty snack wrappers by the bed are at a bad level. Don't even get me started on the five pets littering the floors. Thanks to my afternoon nap I am the only one awake in the house and I’m looking at everything undone. Actually, I am mostly thinking about how great of a day this has been and how blessed I am.
I wish I could tell you that this my course of action every day but it isn’t. Some days I become scary mom and everyone just stays clear. Every little thing bothers me, I snap at the ones I love and I judge myself into a corner. For all of you out there who are like me and would like to tell Martha what she can do with that folded fitted sheet, laugh at the bad stuff and let it go We will never get everything done if we don’t realize what everything really is. It is the people we love and the generosity we pour out that will fill us with joy and make all of the work worth it. I say throw Martha Stewart mentality out and let Erma Bombeck's in and laugh. The house will not be quite so sparkly but our family will be happier thanks to a happier us. So rave on Momma's!
Just a woman on the edge of something every single day with a good sense of humor to assure I don't drive away Thelma and Louise style. This blog is just a way for me to share some realness with all of you.