Just Write {114}

December 9, 2013

I was moving fast, around the kitchen, trying to get ahead, knowing that if I don’t, I’ll be even more behind than I can predict. It just always seems to go that way. But I felt calm, peaceful even, in the midst of the dinner clean up and getting lunches ready for the next day while the kids threw a small plastic ball around the living room and laughed hysterically.

I was cleaning up after all of us as I went, trying to stay ahead of the mess too.

I wondered, while the loudness of my kids overcame me, how I could be less anxious than ever. It’s certainly not always like that, but it is more and more. I don’t really have an answer, but I’ll take what I can get, that’s for sure.

At 6:30 I told them, when I was done with all the things, that we should go upstairs and get in Mommy and Daddy’s bed and read lots of books. And we did and Elsie’s head was on my chest and Miles leaned into one side and Asher leaned into the other. We read books and more books and Asher’s eyes started to close. Elsie got restless. We got up, and I gave all the orders. For teeth and bathroom and pj’s and please I already asked you twice.

They ran around a lot and tackled each other. Then just like that all three were in bed. Elsie called out for water and more water and then another time, for water. Miles got up, for water. Asher called out to say he couldn’t sleep and I reminded him that he’s a great sleeper. I gave more kisses and more kisses and then more. And water, I brought the water. Between each request I tried to sit down, and then tried not to assume I would stay sitting.

I tried to stay peaceful and I won’t always and that’s okay. Today I was, and that’s enough.


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