January 28, 2013
Today I learned: “Alligators and bunnies significantly reduce stress levels”
Mornings at my house are traditionally pretty hectic, especially during the weekdays. I generally find myself frantically scrubbing up dirty boys in the tub, tossing jeans and shirts from drawers and hurling socks across the room in a mad-dash to get everyone ready for school and out the door in time to catch the bus. My daughter always seems to take extremely long showers, and mostly when we are running late. She also has one speed…slow…and again mostly when we are running late. She will skip the conditioner in her shower so when I brush her hair there are extra tangles. She will forget to bring a towel in the bathroom so I will have to run upstairs to get her one then run back downstairs where I continue my rant about putting shoes on with the boys. The boys ignore me as they wrestle and play with toys, and of course take the opportunity of the split second I was away to turn on the television. Then my youngest will refuse to put on his shoes, and demands something ridiculous like ice cream that we don’t have. You get the picture. There is never enough time, no matter how much time there is and there certainly is no room for getting off the schedule of our routine.
But today, I learned from Simon that if there is time to pull tangles out of hair and un-wrestle two boys, there is also time to be a little silly. After getting dressed and just before descending down the stairs to begin the next phase of mayhem, my son Simon caught a glimpse of his shadow. While he giggled, I initially rolled my eyes and was about to tell him to go downstairs. Then I looked…and then I looked even more…and closer and deeper…until I realized, it was really rather funny. What I found most funny is that my Simon was not only a goof; he had NO idea how to make a shadow puppet. His shadow dances were cool, yes; however, his mamma could make a bird, and alligator, a snake, and a bunny! Eat your hearts out!
While my daughter took one of her famous long showers, screeching and screaming to move faster in order to catch the bus lost its importance. So, instead I spent some time laughing with my boys and making shadow puppets with them (sorry you missed out Allie, we will find our own thing). Laughter filled the space of the morning, and we still made the bus in time. In fact, we even got ready a little early, and with a lot less stress.
Thank you Simon – You are so smart.