I have been LONGING…literally LONGING for sanity for the last several years while my head has been spinning wildly in all directions except on.
And then it happened two days ago. I took a shower—door unlocked, of course and open, while the two littles were awake and propped in front of the TV.
The thing is…I didn’t rush. I washed my hair. Shaved my legs…both don’t normally happen in the midst of my “ARE THE KIDS TURNING ON THE OVEN AND BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE AND RUNNING WITH SCISSORS” showers that normally take place. One definitely has to go. Mostly the shaving legs. Good thing I live in Europe 😉
It was amazing. And I didn’t feel stressed. I occasionally would shout out, “ARE YOU OKAY????” To which they would respond, “We’re OKAY!” And then I would enjoy the next moment of sanity…
And just as I was beginning to get nostalgic for the moments when I had to worry and live in paranoia with the “I CANT LIVE WITHOUT MOMMY” seconds that occupy my every waking moment, two littles come running in shouting, “I WANNA SHOWER WITH MOMMY!!!!!”
Clothes are stripped. Diapers are stripped. And I finish rinsing my hair just in time to hop out and throw two naked bottoms in—albeit crying naked bottoms—saying stuff like, “BUT I WANNA SHOWER WITH YOU, MOMMA!”
And as much as I enjoyed my freedom and sanity for those 5 minutes in the shower—I enjoyed hearing those words even more. Because those were the longest 5 minutes of my life—knowing that my sanity was on its way to being restored—and freedom would soon again be mine.
The freedom I have been screaming for the last many years—is on the horizon—and now I’m so sad about it.
Man it’s a crazy conundrum of nonsensical emotions that keeps me screaming, crying, laughing, hugging, or spinning.
AND I WANT THEM ALL TO STAY THE SAME…
Yet I want to shower in peace, too.
Sometimes there is clearly no winner in the mom game 😉