July 27, 2006

One Of Those Days

Yesterday was just one of those days. I just wasn’t feeling like being a mom that day. You really don’t get the option to throw in the towel when you’re a mom… oh I throw many a towel in the washer, but you-know-what-I-mean.

Am I the only one to feel like that ever?

So, it was just one of those days where I couldn’t seem to get anything done, just treading water… clean up one room to find the next room even worse.

The sink’s full already??? I just did the dishes!

You know. One of those days.

Every single sentence out of my boys’ mouths was IN THEIR LOUD VOICE. They kept forgetting- honestly they really did. Even when I asked them two seconds earlier to please talk softer. “I want my dad-deeeeeeey.”

Yes, one of those days.

They wanted to play outside and I thought that would be a perfect opportunity for me to get them out of the house. We step outside and it instantly begins to rain. As if someone out there was just waiting to play a trick on us. Funny because, as it was already one of those days, this was quite okay.

So as the boys were running inside the house I told them to wait- we grabbed our lawn chairs and sat in the garage with the door open, watching the rain come down and mist upon us inside.

It was fun.

We listened to the rain. Noah surmised that it rains because the clouds “can’t hold it anymore” and it stops when “they are empty.”

We watched how the drops bounce off the driveway when they beat against the pavement. We closed our eyes and could tell when a car drove by; hearing the sweeeesh of it driving on the wet road.

I learned to take a step back from my rainy one of those days and actually grab it and live it instead of letting it pass by or be filed under I Had Such A Bad Day. I had such a day of my boys being this young. A day of their LOUD VOICES in my ears. A day I hope I remember because it’s not going to be like this forever.

It was a good one of those days.


  1. You are so reflective! Way to make a positive out of a negative! I miss these Indiana thunderstorms and pounding rain. I welcomed it as you were frowning... I miss living here.


  2. Ohhhhhhh.... YOU are goooooddddd! This is great, S! We do rainy play outside days. But you hit the nail with the learning aspect with the boys, too. You are sssooooo good!
    Hugs to you for your "day"!

  3. It rained so hard yesterday that Matt ran outside with his sword (broke plastic golf club) and battled the evil villians. Mark had a hard time understanding he wasn't allowed out with his brother. Great perspective!!!

    By the way -- Matthew prevailed!!! :)

  4. What a great perspective. Thanks for sharing. I too have had some crazy days. It is nice to make lemonade out of lemons sometimes.

  5. How wonderful! I'm so glad you were able to turn your day around... it's amazing what a bit of perspective change can do for you isn't it!

  6. Gina stole my thoughts exactly... you are very reflective! Also quite descriptive -- I could almost here the sweesh of the cars going by as well. As stressful as it gets, you know we will find ourselves crying, missing the chaos of little ones running around. Although I don't think I'll be missing those towels! :)

  7. Way to go! It takes a conscious effort at times to break away from a "bad day." Glad you could do it!

  8. So great that you were able to stop and be there with them. It's so hard to shift gears on those days and you managed to make it wonderful for everyone.

  9. Awww, that was great to read! Thanks for reminding me that the joy is in the little things...even one of those days. I need that reminder once in a while!

  10. How cute (and what a great attitude you had about the whole thing). I know the weather here in Colorado has been tough for me because it's soooooo hot and I can't take the baby outside to let Haddie play. I'm hoping to take on a similiar great attitude this week as I try to remember these days when they're so little don't last forever!!

  11. There are times when you can get a little snowed under when you have little ones. But your right they are not young for long.

  12. What a way to turn a frown upside down. You really inspire me.

  13. This is a day to tuck away in your memory and take out in ten years when you have 2 teenagers and 1 wannabe. This will remind you that you were a good mom all along even when you begin to wonder and help you survive the teens. Having teenagers makes you feel like giving birth was a walk in the park. So save this day and many others to treasure!


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