Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Parent Police

Dear Police,

No need to coerce. I'll make my confession now. Whining and stomping feet are not necessary.

Yes, I was the parent tonight who YEARNED for bedtime to come just a few minutes quicker. Yes, I wanted someone to come save my daughter from her mother. Yes, yes, yes, if the TV had been plugged in, I would have plunked her down in front of it for hours.

But, Officer, I have good reason for ALL of these offenses. I am so tired today. M has so graciously shared her cold with me...wasn't that kind of her? My little shadow and I share everything: juice, dinner, baths, pillows, pacis, an occassional toothbrush and now colds. My head has been pounding and I can only breathe out of one nostril. I disciplined other people's children all day. I just wanted to come home to a quiet, peaceful house.

What did I get instead? A whiny, needy, fussy, grouchy two-year old who wanted my undivided attention and wanted to help with EVERY.SINGLE.TASK.
Get the mail: Stomping in the puddle.
Turn on the computer: On my lap "typing."
Make a pot of tea: "No, dis one, Mommy. Now wadda (now water). Hot, Mommy, no touch."
Get the noodles off the top shelf: On the step ladder with me.

Officer, I know all those things sound cute and helpful and most days I can handle it. But not today. I just couldn't handle the whiny voice. The crying every time the dog took one step too close. "Hol-ju-me" every time I took a step.

Don't lock me up forever, please. Just give me a good 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep and some cold medicine. I really don't need a lot. I'll be a good mother again tomorrow...or maybe Friday.

Please?

5 comments:

Andi said...

Your sentence? LIFE without parole (sp?). Most people think it gets easier as they get older...it doesn't. (sorry, friend!) Ten (sixteen, etc) is just TWO in a bigger body...I can totally sympathize though. All of a sudden before you know it, you find yourself longing for these days. You are just too close to them to realize that now. I am smiling, but not laughing at you! I hope and pray that SLEEP was granted to all in the Benson house this evening, and that tomorrow greets you all with a joyous new light! Hope you feel better. Friday IS coming soon!

Kyla said...

Feel better soon. And plug in that TV stat. It is a sick mommy's best friend. I've been known to say "Just come cuddle with Mommy on the couch...let's watch CARTOONS!" a little too often when sick. But you do what you've gotta do. LOL.

Christina said...

Hugs, hope you're both feeling better today! I can relate...I can really relate. While we're not sick here, Nadia has not been sleeping well at all and we're both a little short with each other due to missed sleep. sigh.

melody is slurping life said...

I have often longed to be locked up, alone, for a bit. I hope that cold has left by now. Hugs and prayers.

Arizaphale said...

No, you see I want a WEEK off. Does that make me a super-bad Mum?