Before I start, this is not the post I was planning on but something had to be done to correct a little domestic injustice that occurred this morning.
Many years ago when my daughter Brigid was 2 or 3, we were driving in the car probably doing errands because that is what I did as a housewife when the older child was in preschool. Brigid’s voice piped up from the back seat, “Mom, when I grow up, I want to be like you.” Awww, I’m thinking she wants to have a little girl of her own and take care of her and they will be pals like we are. Then she said, “So I can drink wine, too.” Great.
My girls used to look like this:
Now they look like this:
This morning I drove Annie to high school and on the way there, she said, “I wish I were Aunt Molly.” Aunt Molly is my sister who is living with us and mother of Stevie Wonder, the Garbage Toddler (more on that later). Molly is living away from her husband for a few months, working with contractors on finishing their new house up here, living in my guest room with Stevie and Bobo the Bulldog, taking care of said 4-year-old, trying to find a new preschool for him, carting my kids around when needed, and usually cooking dinner for at least a few of us. When I mentioned this conversation to Molly this morning, she thought perhaps Annie was inspired to be like her because Molly is deeply involved in animal rescue, English Bulldogs in particular.
But no, Annie wants to be like Aunt Molly because Molly doesn’t have a job so she can “lounge around and nap all day.”
Oh oh, she said WHAT??? I
snapped asked, “you don’t think she does that all day do you?” “No, but she could.” No, NO she couldn’t, she has a 4-year-old, a 4-year-old BOY, who is my most favorite boy ever and the best boy on the planet but he’s not just sitting quietly all day while Mom lounges.
This is not how Matt looks all day but you gotta love this picture:
So in the interest of setting the record straight, I asked Molly what she did this morning. I received this reply at 12:08 p.m.
So, that is Molly on a not very productive morning. I will give it to Annie that she is 14 and doesn’t realize how much work not “working” is. I didn’t work for years and now that I have a job, I realize this is waaaayyy easier than staying home.
Molly loves a preschool project of Brigid’s that I have tacked up on the wall in the laundry room. Brigid drew a picture and answered some questions about her mom. These two Questions and Answers sum up the impression kids have of the stay-at- home Mom and someday Stevie will make one of these for Molly and she will love it and save it for years in her laundry room. Some of the Q&A goes like this:
Q: Where does your Mom like to go? A: Nowhere. She doesn’t go anywhere.
Q: What is your Mom’s job? A: The laundry.
And so it goes.
I think Giggling Toddler and Farting Dog would be a good name for a band.