You know what I’m talking about — one of “THOSE DAYS.” It’s the day when nothing seems to go right. Like a conspiracy against you — the kids are out to get you, your phone dies, you get stuck in traffic, and you chose the ssslllooowww cashier at the grocery store. You know what I’m talking about. Right?!?
Recently, my friend, Robin, had one of those days. Nothing was going right. The circumstances in her life were trying to steal her joy. Here is what she posted on Facebook:
In the last 20 hours I have cleaned up vomit off the floor from my 5 year old missing the toilet for the first heave, bathed the 1 year old while hubs bathed the 5 year old, ate ½ a Firehouse sub, put the 1 year old to bed, helped husband inspect the dogs rear end to find a ruptured anal gland. Slept for 6 ½ hours. Packed a lunch, snack and 2 drinks for the 5 year old, fed the 1 year old breakfast, called the vet; to find that they could get us in to see the Dr in 30 minutes when we live 20 minutes away, quickly dressed myself, dressed and diapered the 6 month old and 1 year old in record time, threw the 6 month old, 1 year old and dog in the car and raced to the vet’s office. Forgot to pack milk so my angel (aka: Mom) met me at the Vet’s office with milk for the 1 year old and watched the kids while I took the dog inside. Found out the dog’s anal gland is so infected he needed emergency surgery, so I authorized a $200 procedure to clear the anal gland and check/clean his teeth. Left the vets office crying. Went to Costco to meet my aunt and deliver some stuff to her, as soon as she got out of her car the 1 year old threw up all over himself and his car seat. Drove the puke-mobile home. We got home and I bathed the 1 year old, took apart the car seat, laundered the car seat cover, cleaned the straps, napped the 1 year old, ate a cheese stick, checked the car to see if there were any remnants of vomit, stuffed half a chocolate chip cookie in my mouth and then sat down for a minute. All of this while feeding, diapering and snuggling the 6 month old throughout the entire process.
It’s days like today that make me dig deep inside my mind, my faith, my strength and my family. Being a Mom is not a glamorous job, it isn’t always appreciated, there aren’t awards, it comes along with doubts, the pay isn’t monetary (only in hugs and kisses) and it IS NOT for everyone. I am truly filled with joy everyday when I look in to the eyes of my children…let’s be honest the list of people that I love enough to clean up their vomit is short. I turned on my “Mommy Needs Jesus” playlist, cried it out, prayed it out, WASHED it out and sang it out. Older and wiser people remind me that one of these days I will look back and miss these times…I’m guessing that today is one of the days that I will miss the snuggles and smiles but not all of the bodily fluids. Have a great day y’all. All you MaMa’s out there…I see you, I appreciate you and just know that no matter what…YOU ARE ENOUGH! We all need to hear that once in awhile.
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom (or dad!) or you work, being a parent is hard. It is not always rewarding. And definitely not glamorous. But, just as Robin said, YOU MATTER. The feeding and the wiping and the cleaning and the carpooling you do is important. It’s our opportunity to not only rely on Jesus to give us the strength, but to show Jesus to our kids. You see,
even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
So, mommies and daddies, days will be long and the years will be short. We will have days that we want to post on Facebook and days we want to forget ever happened. But, let’s choose to keep our eyes on Jesus and serve our families even when it’s ugly.
However, there may be days when you need to give yourself a pep talk…
Some days you have to look in the mirror and encourage yourself! You’re gonna love this one! www.drgene.org
Posted by Gene Bailey on Thursday, September 11, 2014