Me: “I’m feeling sick. I think the kids gave me their germs.”
My husband: “Don’t say that! You’re fine. Take a pill or something!”
Here’s The Problem: If you’re a mom, everyone else in the house can get sick, moan and groan and lie around. You, on the other hand, don’t get a day off. And, if you do, say for example, let something like the laundry slide, wow does it ever pile up waiting for your return! So, I popped a pill to ease my symptoms of the stomach rumbling sort and continued on like nothing was wrong.
“Never worked a day in her life,” the reporter quoted in reference to last week’s breaking news in which this statement intended for political gain against the Romney campaign backfired big-time. I was laid out on the couch. At this point, my head joined the agony raging in my stomach. I listened to the rebuttals from several notable women including our First Lady that being a stay-at-home mom is, in fact, work. I felt validated, inspired. I got back up, waited for my head to stop spinning and kept going.
White Elephants. This is the title of the book I will be reviewing this Saturday (bonus blog post!) and thus, was reading the next day in an effort to be productive. Anything else I could have and should have been doing involved moving around and moving around caused a stomach-flipping, jack-hammer-in-my-head sensation. As I strained to concentrate on what I was reading, it felt like the white elephant had stomped through my front door and flopped down on top of me.
Mom’s Sick - Commence Armageddon! Luckily, my oldest son caught the bus and was at school all the next day. My twins, however, took full advantage of my weakened state: toy closets emptied, stickers stuck to unlikely places, whispers of conspiracy while working together to raid the candy stash perched on a shelf and, in a grand finale, both of them tripping over their own path of destruction thus sustaining minor injuries that produced major crying.
White Flag. I’ve often told my husband that I wouldn’t leave him for another man. Why would I want to add another person into my life to bother me with their needs? I did tell him that I would leave him for an island resort where I’d be left alone to rest and relax in calm, quiet, peaceful bliss.