Sunday, February 6, 2011

complaint department

do you ever just....get sick of stuff? and it's really hard to pretend like your kids aren't driving you crazy? do you try to pretend that the 8th time you sweep the floor is no big deal? like after you've spent 2 hours making a giant dinner and when it's ready no one says, "thank-you this is fabulous!," they just say something like, "geez.....finally." and so you want to really just smack someone, but instead you dish up everyone's plate and then like the mother in "a christmas story" spend the rest of the meal in the middle of a game of keep away between your fork and your sweet family's demands for seconds and milk? do you hate dishes and laundry and peepee toilets? to the point that when you see one, you don't even get mad. you just stand there. waving your white flag.
sometimes everyone is simultaneously needing help, asking a question, needing a drinky at one time. and i want to yell at the top of my lungs, "SHUT! UP!" and sometimes i think if one more kid argues about one more trivial thing, i'm going to develop a tick. maybe i already have one actually? i did smudge mascara all over today.
i think a gal just needs to lock the bathroom door, scream and cry into a pillow, and then go back out there and beg for more. it's like when you play sports and you say to your teammates, "sacrifice your body!" you know, give it everything. even when it hurts.
luckily, i love these people, especially when they are asleep.
and then like a good pep talk, someone says, "mom you bum is squishy, i like to squish it." or "hold me?" or "i love you." or "snuggle me." or the rarer still, "these mashed potatoes are awesome! you are the best cook." stuff like that.......you know.
and then it all sorta makes sense. they need me. to do those annoying insane things. that most people won't do. because i'm strong. i was born for this. i can take it. i can be awesome.
and that tick........it looks good on me.

16 comments:

Strupp Family said...

You really know how I feel. Sometimes I don't think anyone does. But you do. And that's all I need. :)

Eardley Fam said...

Haha!! Perfectly said! Us moms need more blog posts like this so we can laugh and keep going.

Kritta22 said...

You are such a fabulous writer. Honest. You know exactly how to say everything I'm thinking.

LauschHouse said...

hahahah!!! you are too funny! i think you need to be in a mormon.org video "the life of the hilarious maggie judi, awesome wife, mother, and mormon" :)

Scott and Haley said...

Thanks. I needed read that! Perfect timing....was this really for me?

Abby said...

*sigh* high fivin' ya Mags. Well said.

Emilee said...

Or you can lock the door to the computer room and hide and read your friend's blog while you nurse the baby (because that's the only way to keep her quiet) before you head back out to the construction-paper-tape-scissors-popsicle-stick-valentine mess. And then go apply some lipgloss. That always helps.

IF Burtenshaw said...

Can I copy and paste this to mine :) ... pretty much sums my life. and yes, YOU ARE AWESOME!

Meagan said...

Maggie,
I'm really so glad that you're back to blogging. Hooray for the literate world!

Jessie's Jargon said...

Loved this post... really, honestly and truly...
I am not a mother and my responsibilities are very different, but I am a teacher to 28 kids... for 8 hours every day... I often feel like a parent (especially when the kids let it slip and call me mom) and understand the sentiments you shared.
Love it! I hope all is well! I am SO happy to hear that you are back to Utah. Maybe I'll actually see you sometime, since it's been ten years or so...
Love ya Mags. :)

Travis and Jamie said...

I've sooo been feelin' the "SHUT! UP!" feeling today. Thanks. I needed that little pep talk!

Bench Family said...

I'm right there with you Maggie! I got quite the chuckle reading this.

Monster Mary said...

Oh Maggie, It's been one of those days for me too. Great post.

The Andersons said...

I feel like I have to confess. I spent way too much time (for being a stranger) reading your blog. I just happened upon it through Carrie Elordi's blog and was thoroughly entertained. Sorry for being a creeper. I thought if I told you, I'd feel better and maybe you would too. I think we'd be friends in real life, though.:) Also, I lived in Lawton, OK. Small (army) world.

Kristi said...

Thanks Mags, I needed this today.

Robb said...

I always think that if my kids weren't so cute I'd turn the TV on and go back to bed. It is those random things they do that make you smile, laugh, and cry that keep one going. Some day I don't think I could wipe one more bum but then I do 5 more times, cause lets face it, I love them.

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