Someone commented to me at the swim meet last evening about how I "must have it all together."
If I had been drinking something at the time, it surely would have come out my nose.
Not got it all together.
Today I busted my two youngest boys for peeing in the garage trash-can.
Since this is a first for me, I'm wondering (A.) do other people's kids do this stuff? and (B.) how do you begin to respond? I'd like to say I had a WWJD? moment. But seriously, it was more like WTF? (as in What the *beep*?!) Yes, I sensor words in my head too, 'been livin with kids that long.
Seriously though, where did I go wrong here?
After a brief moment of staring confused and in disbelief, I followed the girls out to the garage to investigate. It didn't take a rocket-scientist to notice that the garage-turned-classroom wastebasket was filled with damp papers. Clearly the class clowns had marked their territory...and they were nowhere to be found. Though it didn't take long for them to turn up with all their sisters scouring the house and yard, eager to bust 'em. I'd like to say I handled things calmly, but it was nowhere near calm...or cool...definitely not collected. I ranted briefly about them acting like wild dogs, and asked if they wanted to live in cages in the yard. (Not my finest moment.) But I think they got the picture, or at least know now not to pee in front of their sisters.
I led them out to the back yard to help them empty, and clean out the wastebasket with the garden hose and soap. All the while, flashbacks in my head of my brothers doing this same crazy stuff when we were this age. And how we laugh about this stuff now...so maybe I should lighten up a little. Grateful in hindsight that I didn't make them clean it out with their toothbrushes...nonsense thoughts like that actually go through my head sometime. Thank you Holy Spirit for the strength to ignore that insanity.
Does anyone else have moments like these? Maybe not exactly like these...but the moments that have you scratching your head wondering if their dad's dropped them when you weren't looking?
This is just another one of those crazy so-not-got-it-all together days.
Livin' the dream, baby.