April 11, 2012

Washing It Away

It was 6pm and so much was still looming over my head… dinner, baths and bedtime for the kids, the dirty house, the endless pile of laundry, and my own need for a shower. I almost always come last, as it should be when you choose to have three beautiful children. And normally, I’m okay with this.
That evening, it was pissing me off.
My husband was playing his stupid computer game, the baby was napping, and the kids were coloring pictures of Spongebob. It had been a long day of tending to everyone’s needs but my own and I was done. I grabbed my towel and a book and slipped into the bathroom to fill the tub with hot water that would soothe away the stress of the day. I thought I had gotten in undetected, but as usual, when I step out of mommymode for a moment, there is a shift in the atmosphere.
It was more of a request than a statement. My husband is a great man. He works hard to provide for us, does laundry sometimes, and puts the toilet seat down always. But he does NOT cook.
Luckily, he also has the innate ability to sense when I am close to losing it. When I replied, “GO AHEAD.” and closed the door, I didn’t hear another word.
I sank down into the tub and read. And read. And read. It was Bloom, by Kelle Hampton, which is an amazing book by an amazing woman.
I emerged from the bathroom an hour later with pruned skin, clean hair, and a new attitude. When I found my family, they were sitting around the table eating hot dogs. Just hot dogs. Normally, this would have caused a mini-argument about the importance of vegetables and “How hard is it to put a bag of Steamfresh broccoli in the microwave?” But not this time.
When my husband looked up at me and said, “Feel better?” I said, “Much better,” and silently passed out Cars gummy vitamins. I popped a few into my own mouth, then made my plate and sat down to join them.


yamilovesemma said...

Aww so sweet!

Susie said...

I so know what you mean!! Attending to everyones need and not your own!! Sweet of your husband!!

Emma said...

I definitely get days like that!! Sometimes it just overwhelms you!

Glad it didn't start an argument between you and hubs :) and glad you got clean!

Jennifer Kay said...

I have been there so many times! Props to the man who made the hot dogs and didn't come to the bathroom door...God knows what would have happened if he would have opened the bathroom door. :)

Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com] said...

It drives.me.up.the.wall when my hubby plays his F'ING computer game while I'm running amuck cleaning the house, cooking dinner, and doing laundry simultaneously and he can't even be bothered to take his eyes off the screen for one minute to look at me and see how busy I am. BUT then he always seems to redeem himself...it's amazing to know when they figure out we've hit bottom, hey!

TV's Take said...

Love the CARS vitamin part :-)

Holly said...

They may not do things like we would do them but it's so nice when they make the effort and help us out!

Tiffany said...

Wish I had someone to allow me that break from mommy mode every so often. :( You're very blessed to have Joe around.

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