Thursday, February 26, 2009

So irritating

I was talking with an older mom at church last night. I was telling her about how irritating it is to come into the living room and find all the couch cushions all over the floor again.

"What are you building", I may ask.

"A skate park. And the cushions aren't very pretty so we emptied the linen closet to drape the cushions and make them more colorful," they answer.

I take a deep breath and thank God for creativity.

But then I remember the loads of laundry.

I don't need more laundry.

And then I remember long ER waits.

I don't need a long ER wait.

So I make a rule.

Linens back to the closet.

And no daring the baby to jump from the 5th stair up.

The other mom gave me a half smile. "My boys are teenagers", she said, "and I still routinely come home to find all the couch cushions off and them engaging in epic battles."

So maybe that means I have no choice but to embrace the skate parks, the chaos, the laundry, the ER, the dirt, the swords, the boys and let the irritation go.

If I don't, it may be a very long life.


Momma Bear said...

oh boy I need to think about this one!

Billi Jo said...

Embrace it girl…it will free you in ways you’ve only begin to imagine.

I figure it is better to teach them how to land properly after launching themselves form the fifth step than to spend time waiting in the ER only to find out they just rolled an ankle.

Heather of the EO said...

Oh boy. (pun intended) I've been thinking about this so much too. So much.

I think embracing it is a very good plan.

Rachel said...

I had a conversation the other weeks with a few moms from church and one mentioned the "learning curve" for moms of three boys (now she doesn't have three boys, but she heard this from a mom who did.) Anywho, the "learning curve" is complete when the youngest boy is 10. By then mom has "learned" how to relax and go with the flow of raising boys.