Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Things I Say Repeatedly . . . . and what I'm really thinking!

Did you know that June 3rd is Repeat Day? Did you know that June 3rd is Repeat Day?

(See what I did there? Yes, I realize it was totally cheesy and predictable, but I'm a dork!)

According to this website, Repeat Day is a day to revisit some of the happiest moments of your life. They suggest revisiting the place where you got engaged or having your favorite meal for lunch AND dinner. When I think of "repeating" though, that is not the first thing that comes to mind. Instead, what I think of is all the things I say over and over again every single day. As the mom of three and wife of one, it seems there are some things that I am simply required to reiterate thousands  millions gazillions of times no matter how irritating it may be for me and for the people in my family. However, oftentimes, the words coming out of my mouth are not what I am actually thinking. Today, I'm coming clean and sharing what's really going through my mind (and I suspect the minds of other moms) as I repeat these "mommy mantras" over and over and over again! 

"Good Morning Sunshine! Time to wake up!"
What I'm really thinking: "Good grief! Wake up already! Don't you have an alarm clock? Why doesn't it ever actually wake you up and what are you going to do when you go off to college and I'm not there to pull the covers back and shake you gently each morning? Besides, don't you realize that I got up at 5:30 myself? I've already been up for an hour, so I really have NO sympathy for you whatsoever. GET UP RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!

"What do you want for breakfast?"
What I'm really thinking: "O.K. That is a very simple question. Can you just give me an answer already?!? And, don't ask me what we have to eat. We have the same crap we always have - cereal, frozen pancakes, toaster pastries, and the instant breakfast drink- because that's all you picky children will eat. For Heaven's sake, open your eyes and answer me already!!!!"
"Did you have a good day at school?"
What I'm really thinking: "Please, please don't just say 'Yeah, I guess.' Tell me every detail of your day! I want to know who you played with, who you ate lunch with, and what you learned. And, so help me, if you say that same kid bullied you again, heads are gonna roll!!!"

"Do you have homework to do tonight?"
What I'm really thinking: "Please say no! Please say no!!! Because I really don't want to fight with you about it (again) and listen to you whine about how hard your life is and how stupid homework is."

"Hurry up! We have to go!"
What I'm really thinking: "Why are you not ready to walk out the door? You know that piano/horseback/soccer/swimming/ fill-in-the-blank is at this same time every Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday and I know you know how to tell time. Could you possibly move any slower?!?!? Wait - don't answer that! Oh my gosh - we're gonna be late and I HATE being late! Move it or lose it people!!!"

"Did you comb your hair?"
What I'm really thinking: "How is this not just a natural part of your morning routine by now? And, did you even LOOK in the mirror when you were brushing your teeth? If you did you would surely see that you need to comb your hair. Wait - you did brush your teeth didn't you???"

"Who left this dirty cup/bowl/spoon/food wrapper lying here?"
What I'm really thinking: "My kids are slobs. SLOBS I tell you!!! Don't you know that I am your mother, NOT your maid. Holy Moly - if this is any indication of what your own house is going to be like when you grow up, I am NEVER coming to visit! Gross!"

"Stop arguing with your sister(s)!!"
What I'm really thinking: "Can't we all just get along? Pleeeeaaaassseeeee!!! Someday, your father and I will be dead and gone and all you will have is each other, you know? Don't you know that? Everybody told me three girls would be great - 'They'll be best friends' everyone said. Ha! Seriously, I don't know if I can't take anymore of this bickering. I'm about to lose my you-know-what if you don't stop it RIGHT NOW! 

"Clean up your room!"
What I'm really thinking: "How do you live like this? I can't even walk through here without tripping and it's no wonder you can never find anything! I'm not kidding - NEVER coming to visit when you get older!"

"Go to bed!"
What I'm really thinking: "How about this? You stay up and fix yourself five million glasses of water and I'll just take myself to bed because I am exhausted! How can you not be tired? I am going to fall asleep the very second my head hits the pillow - heck, I could fall asleep right here, right now if all you little people would just leave me alone!!!" 

And a final bonus:

"I love you!"
What I'm really thinking: "I love you so much it hurts sometimes. You cannot possibly imagine how much I love you. You think you know, but you really have no idea and you never will until you have children of your own. You drive me nuts sometimes, but I would do anything for you - ANYTHING! I would give my life to save yours if I had to. You are amazing and beautiful and, sometimes, I can't believe that you are mine. I am so proud of you always. I hope and pray that I am a good enough mom; that I am teaching you everything you need to know; that I am doing this parenting thing correctly. I'm trying. I'm trying so, so hard, but I know I am far from perfect and you deserve perfect. I wish there was something I could say other than just 'I love you' because that really is not enough. I wish I could squeeze you tighter and hold on forever and never let go. I say 'I love you,'  and I will always say 'I love you,' but really it is so much more; so much deeper."   

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Janine Huldie said...

Yes to all of these and we just got a note that this is the last week of homework for the school year. You could bet I was one happy mama with that note!! 😉

Val Newman said...

This is a fun, lighthearted way to look at Repeating Day. I enjoyed this read.

Dana said...

Love your take on this! I could actually hear you saying some of those things that you are really thinking, or maybe that's my own inner voice. I particularly related to the "How do you live like this?" Seriously, my kids are complete slobs, and I know they didn't get that from Matt or me.

MamaRabia said...

I love this post, Lisa!! You seem to have a similar thought pattern to me. And seriously, why do they have to ask what's for breakfast every morning!?! They pick out the same things at the store every week!!

Julie S. said...

Love this! You went in a great direction with the topic, guess I'm looking at my future of things I'm going to repeat when kidlet is older and can answer back haha.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Mine havne't had much homework this week and I'm hoping for NONE next week! 😊

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Ha! I can't even tell you how easy it was to write this once I had the idea. It was fun (and therapeutic) to just let it all out! 😜

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Right?!?!?! One of these days, I'm going to print up a menu and just leave it on the table for them!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Ha! Mine are currently 12, 10, & 7 so maybe you have a little while to prepare. 😉

Charlene said...

Love it Lisa! I am nodding my head to most of these!! Especially - "Clean you room", and "Hurry up, we have to go"! lol

Janine Huldie said...

I think you know from chatting that I can very much relate and as much as I love to blog, I have also
Had my moments, too. Like you, I am trying my best to balance this all a bit better and am totally a work in progress though at the very least.

Angela Caswell said...

Ah, the B word of blogging - Balance! I enjoy writing and really felt like all the "leisure" time during our transition only added to my abilities as a writer. I am excited and terrified at how this new phase of our adventure will continue to shape my desire to "put myself out there." Thank you for hosting!

Kenya G. Johnson said...

I don't want to think about about expiration date for me or any of you whom I have grown to know over the years. That's why I continue because just Facebook or Instagram wouldn't be enough to connect the way we do through our blogs. Quitting my take something off my plate but I think I would feel lonely and the stories would just pile up and I wouldn't "write" in a journal. Blogging is just a much a release as it is a burden.

Leanne@crestingthehill said...

I'm so glad I started blogging later and I'm enough of a dinosaur to not use my phone like all you "young-uns" do. It takes up enough of my world without it following me around on my phone too :) Glad you're not quitting and thanks for the #1word fun!

Christina Amore said...

It is so time consuming. If my husband and I didn't work as a team on our blog I do not think we would have one at all.
That being said, don't quit! We love you!

Marcia Shaw Wyatt said...

Oh yes, Lisa - throwing in the towel on my blog crosses my mind too every now and then. It consumes a lot of time and there are often a lot of other things that I should be tending to instead of using the spare time I have to blog. But - as you so beautifully stated - I love the relationships I've formed via blogging and I'd miss them terribly. I also love to write, and the blog grants me the opportunity to be creative. Graphics etc. do indeed take time, but I tremendously enjoy making them. I'm not a crafter in the traditional sense of the word. I don't paint and I don't build or sew, etc. I blog. It's a creative outlet that gives me great satisfaction. And so, whenever I think of quitting it, my very next thought is, "Wow! I'd be so bored if I didn't blog." :)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks Charlene!

Stacey Gannett said...

LOL! Awesome, Lisa! I swear the bickering drives me crazy! My daughter is a worse slob, than either of her brothers...how crazy is that! And what is up with the personal hygiene? Why do I have to remind them every day...did you apply deoderant, brush teeth, brush hair, etc...I mean seriously! LOL! Have a great weekend!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks, Stacey! Hope you have a great weekend, too!

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