Friday, April 1, 2011

Ponderings....Serious and Sarcastic

As I was studying the back of my bottle of shaving cream (don't ask me why), I saw the words NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. Why (and how) would anyone shave an animal anyway?

Then I looked at my children's shampoo bottle. It is ophthamologist tested to be tear free. How did they go about testing this? I see visions of children lining up in the laboratory to have the doctor/scientist pour shampoo in their eyes to see if they cry.

Sometimes I ponder why I'm really my home, as a mother and wife and keeper of it. Not in a "did I make the right decision" way. But these thoughts come to me in situations like these:

I am wakened in the night by a tiny cry that grows to not-so-tiny if I delay very long. I pick up my 5-month-old and cuddle him close, then watch him as he gulps down his middle-of-the-night bottle and desperately hope to get back to bed. Am I here to sleep?

I kneel on the bathroom floor, working my way out as I scrub the floor. My two-year-old tries to come in the door. "Mommy, drink!" "Just a minute," I tell him as I take five more. Am I here to mop floors?

lean to pull a load of laundry out of the dryer and am almost knocked off balance by a bear hug from the back. Annoyed, I tell my five-year-old to "Stop that!" Am I here to do laundry?

I settle into my comfy, nightly spot on the couch to read. The children are all in bed and I can finally have a few moments to myself. Then, I see my 8-year-old's face peer over the banister. "Mommy, I can't sleep." This means she wants to talk. I sigh inwardly. Am I here to read and relax?

I stand at the sink, my hands scrubbing dishes in sudsy water. My husband comes and gives me a hug from behind (yes, my oldest son is like his daddy!). I smile and keep working. Am I here to do dishes? 

Just some things I've been thinking about.


  1. Good thoughts...we all need to learn to "take the time to smell the roses" type thing... It's so easy to get caught up in our tasks that we fail to just enjoy the simple things in life.

  2. I must say the "sarcastic" portion was pretty funny!

    The serious portion is familiar. . .I've had those moments.

    Take care,