So it’s been a fun filled week of events and activities that are leading up to the “big STAYCATION” at the nearest indoor water park. We saved that for the end of the long laborious week. This was my idea of the ‘dangling carrot’ to keep my little pups in line and tantalize them with earning 100 points each to go on this fun rendezvous for good behavior….okay- civilized behavior…okay- just bare minimum at best behavior! As of this moment, both are 5 points away from earning their getaway….it’s up to their morning behavior to seal the deal!
This week was a typical week in Ohio… we hit the zoo (animal day) and saw all the animals mating in the balmy 40 degree weather….very interesting. With winter coats and hats and gloves, we covered every area of the cold, hormonal zoo, as we always do. Kids loved it and looked quizzically as they loved watching the animals “wrestling and peeing”. Mmmmm…
We played hours of Uno and Scene It (game day) and I checked out the six seasons of the “Brady Bunch” for our viewing pleasure (movie day)! We read some books, and did a puzzle, and ran four hundred errands (hair cuts, glasses adjusted, drama club costume search, grocery, swim suit search, etc) and ate some junk food and survived two physical therapy appointments and an AHG planning meeting. All in all- not a bad week. By the way, it is only Wednesday…
My favorite part of this week was this morning….
My son woke me up to tell me that he and his sister were going to let me sleep in while they “cooked” breakfast. I appreciated him letting me know. Now I know I can sleep. Thank you dear son. Hmm….. My son came back to remind me I could sleep in while they were doing just fine on their own. Huh….. My son came the third time to make sure I was still sleeping and to say that he and my daughter are working on a “surprise” for me. Oh dear….
Okay- that did it. I must get out of bed! One of my favorite sayings that I have used throughout my children’s fragile young lives is:
“What would I say in the Emergency Room??”
It is quite a convicting reminder when I find myself “slacking” or “distracted”….
Kid chokes on a hard candy…..what would I tell them? “Yes, I gave my two year old a hard candy”
Kid gets in bad bike accident…what would I tell them? “Um…yes I said he could ride his bike down the slide in our back yard”
Kid has head trauma after falling off of playground set because he was playing on top of it…instead of in it…what would I tell them? “Umm, well I saw him on top of there, and then ran into a friend and started talking and….”
You get my point! I always joke about this mantra….. There are countless times I “got away” with a stupid mom move and how badly it would have looked at the ER had I not been so lucky!!!
Anyway…the thought occurred to me. “What would I say in the ER?” if say…the house burns to the ground because my kids were cooking me breakfast, or my child cuts herself with a sharp knife because she sliced me some roast for a morning treat…etc. What would I tell them? It would go something like this…
“Well, I was lying in bed while my kids kept telling me they were cooking me breakfast and they said they had it covered…and well…I believed my 5 and 7 year old because they are very responsible with the oven and the sharp knives….” Mmmmm.
So as I sat up in bed, the door opened and there they were….
Their eyes wide and sparkling with pride. My daughter carrying the plate and my son beaming with the bowl. “Mommy! We made you your favorite breakfast all by OURSELVES!!” “Breakfast in bed Mommy! For YOU!!”
I gazed at the meal….
Cut up finger printed bananas that truly looked four hours old and pulled chopped grapes in a bowl. Fresh strawberries whole on a plate, with dirt still attached from the carton they came in.
They were giggling knowing full well that they were doing the greatest service known to human kind….they were taking care of their mommy, for the first time….it was their turn.
“Well look at that!!! You didn’t!! Oh you beautiful children of mine!! What a treat!!! Mmmmm….. Thank you!”
“Say, did you make mommy any coffee too?”