Some days I wake up and life just seems like one long list of mundane things I’m going to have to do forever:
Dishes cleaned, breakfast made, lunches packed, library books returned, car filled with gas, grocery shopping, laundry, work, homework help, dinner made, sporting events, school meetings… You get the picture.
The weight of the world usually hits on Monday mornings and the fact that it’s fall makes it a bit worse. The routine has started and there’s no end in sight.
The feeling doesn’t usually hang around all day. It comes and goes. Most of the time, I’m too busy to dwell on it and by Friday, my outlook has usually improved.
But being a mom comes with a lot of scut work I hadn’t anticipated. I’m wondering if there’s a way to combat the drearies that can set in especially at this time of year. Perhaps I can come up with a list of equally great things that I get to experience every day to try to rechannel my negative thoughts. Here goes.
Today I get to: Wake up my sweet kids, enjoy their help in the kitchen, drop them off at school, run, work in the peace and quiet of my house, have a cup of coffee, touch base with friends, pet the cat, take a few minutes to sit on the porch and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts, have dinner with my family no matter how rushed, watch my kids interact with their friends at soccer/field hockey/swimming, kiss the kids good night, find a moment to catch up with my husband, and crawl into bed.
It’s a good life. Really.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 13, Lilly, 11, Adam, 11, and Jonah, 7.