Sometimes it’s really wonderful. It can be the best, most rewarding experience on earth. I can feel like the luckiest girl in the world … living the family dream. And then there are the other times when it’s not exactly a Hallmark moment … unless it’s brought to you by that sassy older lady Maxine. There are definitely those days. The times that feel a whole lot more like Guts than Glory. Some days really try your patience. Others feel like an attempted robbery–of your sanity.
In this fantastic, challenging, make-me-cray-cray role as a Mom, I’ve said lots of things that I never thought I’d say:
Tell me about your poop.
Would you like it if I licked your arms while you ate?
Do not bite your sister’s toes.
Yes, you can have a hot dog for breakfast.
You swallowed your tooth? Again?
That’s a short list–very short. As a parent, there are many times (every day) that you hear yourself and pause. You realize that the words that just came out of your mouth were absolutely ridiculous, but somehow perfectly fitting and totally necessary. It’s just a part of the parenting process.
Recently, as I marveled at the insanity of things I’ve actually verbalized, I realized that there are also several things–many of them–that I have most certainly never said and I can be sure that I will never, ever utter–no matter how old my kids are. No matter what. Even when they’re grown adults living on their own.
These are some of the words that have never and won’t ever cross my lips. Ever. Never, Never, ever.
Parenting is a lot of things. Easy isn’t one of them.