STOP! Stttop! STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!! Be quiet! You be quiet! Mom, why are you blaming me!! He hit me! You’re a plop! MOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMM!. STOP! I’m trying to read! Can I watch? You’re a jerk!. You’re a jerk! I don’t want to do my homework! I want to go outside! Will you feed the cats Not my day-will you pay me? It’s not fair! STOPPPPP! Practice piano-COME ON-that’s so not fair!! Can you make me something to eat?! Come on! We’re going to be late for my baseball game!! Thanks Mom-love ya. Family time.
There was a time when Sunday was a day of rest. Does such a concept exist any more? I woke up today, Memorial Day, to the rumbling of a neighbor’s electric lawn mower. It reminded me of Thanksgiving morning. As I sat to have a quiet cup of coffee, I was assaulted with a team of men dressed like the ghost-busters attacking a yard covered in fallen leaves. If not a day, can we agree to a morning of quiet?
We’ve all had moments when we’re standing at a cross-road, thinking to our selves: “Do we take the road less travelled or the more familiar path? ”
Today I was standing at a cross-road at Target. Do I go up the escalator or take one flight of stairs to get to the second floor? As I gazed over the landscape, I was momentarily distracted by a display case for cards that read “Dad’s and Grad’s. ”
I was mortified at how quickly mom was discarded. It’s as if to say “leave Mother!! Your day is over! And No,you can’t have an extra couple of days to hang out in the display case. So leave!” As a dad, it’s also sad to be lumped in with grads. Why don’t they just say “dad’s, we’re not sure we’ll sell enough cards,so we’re using graduates as a way of enticing adult children to buy one for Dad.”
It’ mother’s day! Yes it’s the day dear mom wakes up after obsessing all night about how to clean the cat. Did I mention it’s mother’s day, and the cat had a run in with a skunk last night? Cat’s despite what you might think don’t like baths- not even on mother’s day; especially when it involves a concoction found on the internet for how to get rid of skunk odor. No restaurant will have us cause we smell of skunk. But it’s all good. Our skunk smelling family will be together, through thick and thin or at least……..until we get rid of this damn smell- and join the rest of civilization.