Friday, November 21, 2008

Too Busy

Neil *hates* posts like the one i did yesterday. It's a good thing he hardly ever reads my blog ('cept when i make him proofread something i write about him). He figures it's sort of like bragging about how busy you are... or maybe a little whiny...
Totally not my intention, but irritates him just the same.
So, to clarify, it's just Wednesdays that are a flurry of outside activity. Most days are like yesterday, when i had my shower, i put back on my pj pants & i didn't so much as start the vehicle. When the kids went sledding, i played peek a boo with Gage in the hallway & listened to Mollen sing in the bathtub.
There was a question asked on a list i'm on about being "too busy" ~ people talk about that all the time. i don't know what that means, or how to measure it. Some things energize me, some zap me of my energy... (staying in, playing with Gagey, energizes me... going out to get groceries takes all i got...music=energy, travelling=no energy... see what i mean?)
i don't know how any mom could say with a straight face, 'i'm not busy'... because it *is* busy... Just the laundry & cooking are busy... Just having one baby is busy... Just missing a husband to share the load makes it busy...
But, we *all* just 'do the next thing'.
i remember remarking to my mom about a mom that i knew that worked, and had a houseful of kids, and homeschooled, "Mom, HOW on earth can she do that? i'm drowning & i don't even have a (paying) job!" & Mom said, "She *isn't* doing everything. You can't be everywhere at once, we all only have 24 hours in a day." That mom was just doing the next thing... Just like i was...
So, we do what we can.
We 'do the next thing'.
Some days are spent putting out fires, some are spent lighting them. Sometimes we do our best, sometimes we wish we had. Sometimes we regroup & sometimes we are ready for more. Sometimes we do a ton of things that revitalize us, sometimes we do just a few things that are hard, plodding work.
Gotta go put out a fire...

5 comments:

Jen said...

I like you. I like what you write.
I think you do an amazing job at what you do . You're kids aren't going to remember if you had Kraft dinner 5 nights in a row or that the floor wasn't swept & mopped every night. They are going to remember your love and the effort you put/are putting in their lives. Keep up the awesome work!

Jen said...

I like that you blog (almost) every day too. I always anticipate your daily post and get excited when I see a new one! :)

Anonymous said...

I've wondered myself how others (with more kids than my two) manage to do everything -- I don't homeschool or take kids to music etc. yet I seem hopelessly disorganized. Just going on to the "next thing" is pretty good advice for getting things accomplished... sometimes it seems like the day has gone by and I wonder what I've actually managed to do... at least if you are "doing the next thing" you are doing something constructive! Thanks for the peek into your head (and thinking) and your life. Saskatchewan Cousin.

mamalena said...

HAHA....I was wondering how that Wednesday thing was going for you. Didn't sound like you were bragging or complaining to me...... Sounds like it is not really easy but it's worthwhile. People sometimes think that once a child is "school aged" or "teen aged" they don't need you as much...but my experience is that there is a lot more emotional and spiritual work involved ....and until someone learns to drive, there is a lot of logistics to work out too. Thank God that you have the priviledge to stay and mother your own children. Oh...the places they'll go!

RosyJ said...

Blessings Paige...on your moments...on your.."next things"..your peek-a-boo times...and days in PJ's...
I am so there...
Sometimes i wonder if we are looking for a future hope/guarantee that it is all going to work out sometime... instead of an ever present hope... optimal word : PRESENT...
IT is what it is...and it IS your story...one full of hope and wonder..in the moments!

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