Confession: I suck at housewifery. Yes, I totally made up that word. How is it possible that I was once able to run an entire organization, write training manuals and teach database design… yet I cannot seem to keep up with laundry? I’d blame it on the four children that have invaded my brain power, but honestly, I sucked at laundry before I ever had kids.
I also believe that Pinterest is going to be the death of me. I see all those amazing photos of clever moms with their perfectly orchestrated lunches with properly balanced nutrition …. and here I am jumping up and down because I actually remembered to put money on their cafeteria accounts. I see images of organized closets and cute book shelves, and back pack areas neatly planned for shoes and what not. Here I am thrilled if the door to the coat/shoe closet is actually closed.
I actually do have a job: a part-time job I work from home. I work for a non-profit organization dealing with foreign exchange students. The pay is minimal, but it keeps me from focusing on dust bunnies and beds that should be made. It gives me flexibility, which when all is said and done, is what I need. Not flexibility to do morning yoga poses (although I probably should) … but flexibility to be the one who sits in the carpool lane and picks up my fabulous children from their elementary school. ALL three of them. It also gives me the flexibility to homeschool my teenage daughter … because public school would be the death of her spirit for sure.
So, while I may suck at housewifery, I love the mom part of it all. I love hearing about their day, stressin’ over homework and teaching Algebra. Well, not really, but let’s just pretend that part is true. I love playing with my kids, and exercising with them and wearing them out. I love putting them to bed at night and praying for them constantly. I don’t scrapbook very well, but I do silly and fun like a genius. I get in the water. I go down the slide. I go tubing in the river. I laugh at their jokes and gush at their art. I may suck at finding all the Chess pieces, but I am great at finding TIME. I may suck at making pancakes, but I am great at making mini-van memories. I never went to nursing school but I can kiss a boo boo with the best of them. I’ll never be the crafty super mom who plans meals a month in advance, but I’ll definitely make sure they don’t starve to death.
So if you come over to my house and step on a Lego, please don’t sue me. I’ll pay for you to get a foot massage and buy you a Starbucks. And as we open our little green straws … I’ll smile and giggle about how much I love being a mom.