I have friends across the spectrum of mom-hood, children of all ages and I can usually identify with most of them some of the time. I see traits I admire and could strive for. I know that we are all in a different place, no two children are the same, no two households are the same, no judging each other, just laughing (and sometimes crying) together.
Today local schools were cancelled due to extreme wind chills. Last night as school districts began making cancelation announcements my Facebook mom-friends started weighing in. One friend looked forward to the day with her kids. Yesterday was the first day back to school from a 2 week break. There is truth for me in there adage "absence makes the heart grow fonder" and I hadn't quite had enough "absence" to be looking forward to a school cancelation. There are days I look forward to spending with the children. Today, that was not my plan. My plan for today included alone time and a nap. That didn't happen. I'm sipping Liquid Nap as I write to keep the Tired Mommy Monster at bay.
This morning another friend commented about how her kids were climbing the walls, another how the kids were un-doing all of her organizing and cleaning from the day before. These were hitting a lot closer to home as GGirl is running laps through the house and the toys that were put away yesterday, have again exploded across the living room.
I'm reminding myself (constantly), that the Mom-Job comes first and all the other jobs, somewhere lower on the list. Everything will get done, eventually. Someday they will love to sleep until noon, and then I can sleep again too. Until then, time to brew some more Liquid Sleep, take a deep breath and go switch laundry play "race" across the kitchen with a fairy princess and snuggle with a super cuddly MMan.