On the phone with my Uncle Bubba last week, he asked if I was still writing my blog. I explained that with the twins, the toddler, the new puppy, etc, etc, I wasn’t giving up my blog, but I just hadn’t had the time. I assured him I was still thinking of posts and jotting down tidbits here and there when I could. I expected him to say ok, makes sense, keep it up, blah blah . . . but nope. He didn’t let me off the hook at all. Instead, he spent a couple of minutes reminding me why it is I write this blog and pushed me to keep going.
So, here I am.
Last week, I blew my nose into a diaper because we were late for swim classes for the kids and I was getting over a cold and thought we had napkins in the glove-box and we didn’t.
My toddler threw up with almost no warning in our bed at six this morning, but don’t worry, my ninja mom reflexes kicked in and I was able to catch ALL of it with my hands.
I’ve got her tucked into the couch watching PJ Masks and eating plain grits, one of my baby boys is sleeping upstairs, and I’m literally nursing the other as I type this with one hand.
I haven’t had a shower in three days, but I’m crossing my fingers that tonight is the night!
I’ve re-washed the same load of laundry three times over the past three days because I keep swearing I’ll get it into the dryer but I haven’t folded the towels in the dryer yet, and every time I remember to move them, the wash already has that mildewy smell from sitting wet too long.
Update: she missed me so she grabbed all of her play dough stuff, climbed into the chair next to mine, and is telling me all about the pista (pizza) she’s making while I try to wrap up this post.
And my Uncle Bubba is right, this is exactly where I need to be and all of the above is exactly what I need to be writing about. A huge portion of my life right now is motherhood, cleaning the same things over and over like I’m living in the movie Groundhog’s Day, always being behind on everything, and trying to remember where I’m supposed to be before it’s too late to get there for whatever we’re supposed to be doing.
But there are other things, little moments in between the big ones where I remember myself outside of the roles that are currently dominating my life. I am an adventurer, I love horses, and I love dogs. I am a reader, a knitter, a friend, a businesswoman, a problem-solver, an inventor when I need to be, and I am a writer . . .
So here I am. (Thank you for the push, Uncle Bubba. :)
3 thoughts on “Here I Am”
As a fellow writer know the feeling – times when I was working 2 jobs and over time at one job and trying to get terrarium business going – never seeming to have any time to sit down let alone find that “calm center” to collect my thoughts to squeeze out any creativity would leave me missing something…what? Oh yes I haven’t written anything in a long time. And yet we return to it over and over as we have some urge, passion and drive to record this journey of life, to connect, to share. Glad Uncle Bubba gave a nudge and reminder as I miss reading your blogs. Thru your blogs I get to stay close and all the wonderful day to day things of kids, dogs, cats, horses, farm and your and Carl’s funny and home spun moments of a wonderful, loving, funny and at times chaotic life with a true “full house”. Welcome back
I feel like the expression on Ukiah’s face that went along with your blog post as I read it. Love it. Pure joy. Your Momma.
Thank heavens for Uncle Bubba. I love your writings! 😸