Have you ever noticed that once you have baby, you become a human magnet for everything? Why is it when we show up everyone wants a piece of us like slices of homemade pie set out to be devoured by the masses?
Brian decided he wanted to come to our house tonight, so with it I get all his homework, the dog, dog food, and a trip by the school. Brian left his health book at school.
Suddenly the reason he wants to be with me is clear: His father would have killed him for leaving his book at school. I on the other hand say, “Let’s go by the school and see if we can find the janitor.”
So with a dog on my lap, a truck full of school stuff and pet crap I am off to Brian’s school. Could the dog just give me some breathing room? We locate the janitor and manage to get Brian’s health book and proceed home. Suddenly my quiet, by-myself-single-parent-night has been turned upside down.
I have to go to the grocery store because nothing is defrosted for dinner. The dog is crowding over the steering wheel as I turn into the grocery store parking lot. Brian has a child’s agenda which means grocery shopping equals shopping for sugary snacks for him.
I grab a few things and say no to 4 out of 5 items that Brian pitches. Shopping is exhausting when you have to say no every two seconds.
We finally get home Brian races for the front door leaving everything behind in the truck. The dog is in a dead race with him. I grab the grocery bags and head for the door. This is when the cat appears and decides to glue herself to my feet.
I am stepping over the cat and yelling for Brian to get his school crap from the truck. Brian races by me to the truck, grabs his books and meets me at the front door.
“Mom hurry up!”
I manage to open the door. Suddenly my popularity diminishes as both Boy and pets race into the kitchen, leaving me standing in the doorway. It is amazing how quickly they all lose interest in me once dinner is being prepared and food appears.
When it is time to clean up, my son becomes invisible by suddenly making his homework a top priority. I can see the future – when it comes time for kitchen clean-up, he will become the man who has something important to fix in the garage. I envision his wife in the kitchen surrounded by animals.
“Mom? You look tired. Did you take your vitamins today?”
Until next time –
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