Just Write {111}

November 19, 2013

Elsie was emptying all the cards and pictures from my Bible on the floor, away from the places I’ve tucked them, marking pages or time. Miles was on the bed with the rainbow loom next to Asher who was listening to me read. Ryan is out of town. I was trying not to lose my patience over chaos and how we’re always behind at bedtime but it felt like deep breaths were expensive.

After we did so many things, the four of us, and they were all finally quiet with sleep, I sat stunned by the exhaustion and numb.

There was more work to be done, lunches to get ready, dishes, laundry, writing deadlines…

Then I put this note on Facebook –

I wish there were some sort of motherhood gang sign, or a common phrase we whispered to each other as we walk by–in the store or on the street, at the doctor’s office or on the playground, during school drop off and at birthday parties. You know, something we all say to remind each other that we’re all the same, that we’re okay, that we SEE each other. “I see your hard work and how tired you are and we’re in this together.” But let’s not say that, it’s too long and fluffy. 

I’m trying too. I’m tired too. I don’t know what I’m doing either. I’m guessing too. I’m so in love with mine too. Mine are driving me crazy too. I think it’s extraordinary too. I’m sick of all the things too. Mine have tantrums in the store too. Mine whine too. Mine say the cutest things too.

Me too.

Sometimes I see a mom with a baby strapped to her front and a toddler running away from her and a preschooler whining at her and I want to say something but I don’t always because I usually just say something silly. I confuse her or say something trite. You’re super woman! 

*blank stare*

ER, um…BYE.

So I want to say ME TOO and have it be understood. Like a thumbs up or an L on the forehead or a two fingers up in a peace sign.



This is the 110th installment of Just Write, an exercise in free writing your ordinary and extraordinary moments. {Please see the details here.} I would love to read your freely written words so join me and link up below. You can add the URL of your post at any time. Just be sure it’s a link to your Just Write post, not to your main page, and please don’t link to posts that are not freely written in the spirit of capturing moments–you know, don’t link to how-to posts, lists or sponsored posts. Also, please link back to this post in yours so people know where to go if they’d like to join in.

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