Some long days…

Some long days the baby cries

and the toddler screams

and the 5 year old seems to have

ants in his pants

and a megaphone around his neck.

Some long days

the toddler won’t nap

and the phone rings five times

during the quiet-time movie

and it seems nothing can wait

for you to just chill out and relax

for just an hour…even half an hour!

Some long days

the boys fill your kettle with pencil crayons

and draw on the bathroom door

and the baby wakes up

as soon as you begin the math lesson

and everyone moans and groans

and forgets how to round to the nearest ten.

Some long days you hit dinner time

with a sense of desperation…

“How long till bed?!”

and sing along to “The Muppets” soundtrack

in an attempt to feel that you’ve got

“Everything that I need, right in front of me.”

Some long days

the smartest thing you do

is have a glass of wine with dinner

and veto everything but laughter

as you listen to stories from the Vinyl Cafe

with the kids

who delight in the one

when Dave gets trapped in a sewer

after dropping down his keys

and gets mistaken for a monster by a little boy.

Some long days

the greatest relief is the feeling of your toddler

drooling on your shoulder

as you rock him to sleep early, to prevent any more fits.

Success! The little beast is quiet…

and you can actually read the others

“The Never-Ending Story” about Atreyu and Bastian,

the luck dragon Falcor and the childlike Empress,

until their eyes close and their breath gets deep and even.

Despite all the chaos,

all they’ll probably remember about today is

listening to stories with you

and falling asleep on the warmth of your lap.

Some long days

when the hours drag on,

remember you’re not alone

and try to end them with a smile…

Just keep picturing diving into bed

and sinking into the sweet relief of sleep!

Some long days, mamas,

you gotta keep your eye on the prize!

9 thoughts on “Some long days…

  1. Chantelle Piasentin

    And some long days, when the biggest kids won’t stop fighting and you just want to give them away, you wish away spring break and wonder how those supermamas homeschool! You’re an inspiring example…even your exasperating days sound peaceful! I will pray for the peace and graces you have, as I struggle with my six…four of whom go to school!

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    1. You’re too kind! Thanks for the encouragement and prayers…trust me I need them! 😉 We have our share of yelling around here, too, but I keep trying to remember that every moment is a new chance to do better and be happy…and begin again!

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    1. Oh, you’re so welcome! I’m glad you could relate to my long day ramble…and that it didn’t just come off as a huge complaint! 😉 But I figured we all have days like that, so keeping it real…All the best to you, and thanks for reading!

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