Most mothers I know (myself included) run around like maniacs from sun up til’ sundown. In my case, it’s from son up til’ son down (see what I did there?)! The hours somehow form full days and the days mesh together to somehow form a full week. Come Sunday night, there I am rummaging through my cabinets to form some type of semblance of a thought-out healthy school lunch. If there is nothing there, then off I go to the grocery store while the kids take a bath to wash off the neighborhood playdates and mud making escapades. Yes, it’s a thing. I should mention that during said bath, they are simultaneously having competitive soaking contests with dear old Dad. If you know my husband, you know he MUST win so this is a high-level soaking contest leaving the bathroom looking like a sunken ship. Oh, and in case you were wondering (my 4 bestie mom friends know what I’m about to say here) that bathroom mess is totally mine when I get home. Side note, if you don’t have a group text going with multiple commiserating moms, get one….it’s pure sanity and comic relief!
The activities we spend planning for our kids are endless. My list currently includes pee wee soccer, baseball practice, ninja warrior classes (x2), drum lessons, karate, swim lessons, baseball games, and lacrosse. Add in bike riding, skate parks, neighborhood walks, and playdates and that about sums it up. All of this activity is exhausting! BUT….look who the activity is for; we do it all for our kids. We do this so our kids are active and healthy but while my kids are being this active, I am SITTING there watching. SITTING! Sitting is the new smoking!!!
So my plea to mothers out there who have the brains that never stop turning, the schedules that are never ending, who work full time, who need 5 minutes of recovery while the croup cough settles, who need to get another load of diaper explosion laundry done, who need to attend another PTO event, who need to find your checkbook to write that aftercare check because online payments are not accepted, who are in the middle of moving with 2 small children, who are trying to facilitate a new career while raising 3 kids, who are trying to run a business and figure out what allergy your kid is having, and most of all, to all of the mothers who completely followed this ridiculous run on sentence because that’s just how our brains work; my plea to you is to take care of you! If you don’t take care of you, you cannot take care of the people in this world who you love so much it physically hurts: your kids.
Someone said something to me this week. She saw my proverbial candle being burned at both ends. She saw a look in my eye that only a mother would recognize. She said, “Sometimes you need to vote for Sarah.” I knew exactly what she meant, and that’s what I’m doing. Happy Mother’s day to all the mommas out there and vote for YOU!
“I believe most people are good and most mommas oughta qualify for sainthood” – Luke Bryan
-Sarah C., Assistant Fitness Director at Dedham Health and MOM