I am taking on a bunch of new things professionally… but I am making it work. The family calendar is so covered in activities and appointments that I can no longer see the dates… but I am making it work. A few things that I volunteered for months ago are now things I have to do now… but I am making it work.
Then, on Saturday morning at 8:45am, hubby reminds me that we have to get the car to the dealership for some reason or another and suddenly… I am NOT making it work. Superwoman has left the building.
In her place is angry, cranky woman. I want everyone in my house to start cleaning something… NOW. I do not want to be asked to drive anyone anywhere for any reason. I want to hire a “guy” to paint the front steps and another “guy” to clean the cobwebs off all the light fixtures in the house. It is all I can see this morning – chipped paint and cobwebs.
I have hit my “tipping point”. Every mother has one. It’s the fine line that separates “mommy” from “MOTHER”:
- Mommy sees that the bananas have turned brown and makes banana bread. MOTHER does not.
- Mommy hangs up all of the coats and lines up the boots so the entrance to the house looks nice. MOTHER does not.
- Mommy drives people to the mall, and the movies, and the frozen yogurt place. MOTHER does not.
- Mommy has a sense of humour. MOTHER does not.
I feel bad when I become MOTHER but at the same time, I cannot help but notice that MOTHER gets $#!!@ done. Since MOTHER arrived at our house this morning, beds have been made, rooms have been tidied, and the dishwasher has been unloaded.
MOTHER opted not to bake brownies for the event she is going to today. Instead, MOTHER will take something from the grocery store and everybody better thank her for her contribution! MOTHER is not making dinner either. Instead, she is reminding hubby that he needs to get some propane for the BBQ because those chicken drumsticks in the fridge are not going to cook themselves.
MOTHER is also sweeping a few things off the professional “to do” list. That demanding client who wanted a bunch of extra things done is going to get it when he gets it… and it will arrive with a giant invoice for the “extra” services.
No “guys” have spontaneously appeared to paint the stairs or suck up the cobwebs, but it is still early in the day, and MOTHER is just getting started!