OH, how I have missed writing things. For eighteen long months, this sweet, wistful life on the homestead became bombarded by circumstances and ambitions that mostly seemed contrary to my entire life philosophy. As I plowed deeper into the rigor of further education, my sweet girls went to public school for a year, The Man switched careers entirely, we ate entirely too much frozen pizza, and my brain was nearly left in a crumpled heap of exhaustion.
I can barely remember the ride…
And somehow while all of that was happening, Peanut is now almost to turn thirteen (and consequently no longer thinks kindly of being called “Peanut”). Ladybug is double digits and always dreaming of Paris, fashion, and lip gloss. Lovey is entirely too lovely and no longer looking so smallish. And Cupcake. Sweet cupcake is no longer a baby and nearly four.
Perhaps one of the most beautifully hysterical things to happen in recent months is that Peanut and Ladybug have discovered that their mother writes a blog! (Two, actually, but who is counting?) And seeing that this blog has now been going for nearly six years, they are caught somewhere between utter hysterics and death-worthy embarrassment upon reading its contents. (HELLLOOO GIRLS!) You see, Peanut and Ladybug have bookmarked this blog to police me. (Nice try, Ladies!)
But I must tell you about Lovey and Cupcake.
I believe one of the greatest victories this side of heaven surely must be the day you are done with diapers.
Twelve. Years. Of. Diapers.
But in a house brimming with girls, it seems that there may never be enough bathrooms. And even if there are, they will always choose to use MINE. And so it was, just last week. The facilities were full, Lovey taking her time as girls often do. (You know, because bathroom time is the best time to write songs. And poems. And talk to your imaginary friends.)
And Cupcake is a wiggler. Yes. She does not do that normal thing that most children do when it is time to go, but rather this awkward, yet cute-as-a-button, wiggle. And as I happen upon this interesting display, our conversation usually goes something like this:
“Cupcake, do you have to go Number 1?”
“No. Just wiggling.”
“Cupcake, do you have to go Number 2?”
“No. Just wiggling.”
“Cupcake, surely something is wrong?”
“The bathroom is free.”
(Makes mad dash for the bathroom.)
Perhaps it is a tendency to be modest. Or perhaps we are raising a pathological liar. I am never entirely sure. However, on this recent occasion, as Lovey composed and recited and conversed to Cupcake’s chagrin, I apologized while she wiggled, “Cupcake, darling, I am sorry for the wait.”
“Don’t worry, Mama. I’ll just wiggle harder.” My sweet, oh-so-positive, Cupcake!
I nearly spit my coffee all over kingdom come in amusement, yet her words rang true.
Because that, Friends, is what we do. When things are weird. And the wait is long. And nothing turns out like you had perfectly imagined…
We “wiggle harder.”
You know that feeling when you come home after a long, tedious journey? Not the one to Disney, but the one you didn’t really want to take in the first place? The one where you were not really sure what you were doing there, but were hopeful it would make sense later?
Well, here I am. Home again. (As a college graduate, no less!) And planning my spring garden. (It is going to be amazing!) And whatever unexpected things may come…
Just. Wiggle. Harder.
Because spring is coming. There is much to be done and the homestead is coming to life again.
Love & Coffee, Friends.
(Seriously… BIG love. And HOT coffee. I’ve missed you.)