Saturday morning grace

The gifts are wrapped (or rather put in colorful little gift bags), but before we venture out into social swarms of little people running, jumping, and eating cake, I need a bit more time to convince myself I can get through this action-packed day. We parents do this all the time. Work like mad during the week, then get to the weekend and exert more concentrated energy than we do during the entire workweek. How is that possible? Probably because kids have a kind of supernatural sustained energy that defies gravity and all logical thought. And keeping up with these kids on weekends is another supernatural wonder we parents engage with, employing a magical concoction of sheer will, determination—and love.

Unfortunately there is no rest for the weary. My husband and I have two birthday parties to get these boys to today. Sure, I’m on the verge of exhaustion, but what am I going to tell my kids, “guys, no birthday parties today, mommy is tired.” I could tell them that, but then I would have to watch their bright smiling faces turn into puffy wrinkled sadness, accented with droopy shoulders, and maybe even a high-pitched voice for dramatic effect. Just the thought of their harmony of disappointment willed me a slight burst of energy. This morning it was my turn to climb out of bed, whip up some oatmeal and bananas; stand in the cloudy morning light, a cup of warm and sweet in my hands—grace.

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2 Comments on “Saturday morning grace”

  1. February 25, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    This post is confirmation that you are the epitome of a “parent”. Parents are selfless all the way around! We do and do, even when don’t want to. We put those little people and their feelings first (even before our own) and for that you should be commended. Not often, in this day and age, do we find many “parents” who are “parenting”…….such a rare commodity in 2012. Increase the intake of your caffeine and you’ll be just fine! ;-)

    • February 25, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

      Thank you…I appreciate the encouragement. We do “do” as parents don’t we? I just said to my own mom the other day, “what’s the point of being a parent if we’re not going to give it our all.” I really do love parenting…even when it’s exhausting. You’re right, a few more sips of coffee or tea should do the trick. Good to hear from you. I hope you’ve been writing.

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