Monday, July 20, 2009

But what is normal?

The kids have taken their final bows, I have penciled the last Siamese eyebrow on the last child. The play is over.

Now we can get back to normal.

After we wash the piles of clothes that have been waiting. After we wash all those bed sheets that have been waiting. After we scrub the floors that seem to have taken on new colors. After we wash the mountain of dishes. After we catch up on all the mail I've left in a giant pile. After I return those 40-50 phone calls. After I respond to the emails.

Then I can get back to normal.

The days when my kids go to bed at a decent hour and wake up at decent hour. The days when the kitchen stays clean. The days when I have some summer school work ready. The days I have that one load of laundry and I am totally on top of it. The days the kids do their 15 minute clean-ups plus their chores. The days we go a quick fun activity. The days everything is together.

Do you have a lot of those 'normal' days?

I have to be honest. I cannot remember my last 'normal' day.

Our new 'normal' always seem to include some sort of snag. Kids staying up too late. A broken AC. A quick errand that turns into a four event. Running out of milk right when I am about to make muffins is 'normal'.

Maybe I should think about wanting an 'abnormal' day. Those days when everything seems to be perfect......but then how boring would I be?


Amanda said...

I think it's impossible to have a normal day when you have 4 kids, especially during the summer holidays!

Momo Fali said...

I don't even remember what a normal day is like!

Wendy@RuensOnTheRun said...

I think abnormal is the new normal!

PaulaW said...

Hi! I found you via Jules at The Roost.

I just wanna say that if I've ever had a 'normal' day, I dont remember it. (And my kids are 24 & 25!)

I loved reading about how you enjoyed all the rehearsals and multiple performances of the play. When my kids were in their school production of 'Oklahoma' I sat through many rehearsals, and all five performances. Wouldnt trade it for anything.

I'm gonna bookmark your page and come back and visit often!


Rachel@just another day in paradise said...

I used to say I didn't want to turn into one of those boring old people. . .now, I wonder who those people are. . .and how do I become one?!