Friday, May 13, 2011

For Sale

You know those days as moms where you would gladly give away your children for a moment of peace and quiet?!?!  Well, I had one of those days this week.  I spent my entire day yelling at the top of my lungs, "Stop your screaming and crying!"  Yes, I know... I was contributing to the yelling but between the three kids they were all screaming and crying and it was all I could do to not lock them in the basement and throw away the key, or stick them on the front lawn with a for sale sign!  As I spent my day screaming at them I was reminded of how many times as the oldest of three daughters, my sisters and I would push our mom to the very edge of her own sanity... two pictures stick out in my mind like no other (sorry mom I have to divulge!).
One time my sisters and I were screaming at each other, my dad had got home from work and threw his stuff on the floor as my mom was trying to clean the house from the week's chaos.  Mom lost it, she started screaming and then went and locked herself in her walk in closet, of which at the time her closet was our cat's favorite place to spray... so when mom finally cooled down she opened the door and there she sat on the floor with cat urine smell and said, "Look what you have done to me!"  The other time was like any other morning commute to school, my sisters and I were bickering about who knows what and our tone got louder as mom tried to drown it out the praise music.  Mom had had enough and screamed, "Just shut up and praise the Lord."  Those two visions ran so clearly through my mind this week!
Although I lost my cool by the end of the night, all three boys had snuggled next to me to give me a hug and tell me that they loved me... I guess it makes up for it all in the end!