That is the criteria. When the bathroom door is closed. When the bedroom door is closed. When the office door is closed. Do NOT dare knock on that door unless there is
Blood. Death. Or Puke.
It is simple really. As much as I adore my dear girls, there are days and then there are DAYS.
So there I was, locked in the bathroom, sitting on the edge of the bathtub for probably the fifth time that time that day, nearly in a state of catatonia, daydreaming of what it must like to have peace and quiet for five whole minutes. Or to actually complete an entire thought without a minor crisis. Or to have…
I bellowed the familiar mantra, “Blood. Death. Or puke. If none of that is currently happening to someone in this house, I am confident you can handle yourself for another five minutes.”
And then I heard The Man’s voice, “Are YOU okay?
“Of course. Why would you ask such a thing?”
“Because you have literally been in the bathroom ALL. Day. Like so literally.”
And he was right. Because I was hiding. From the house. Responsibility. Parenting. I mean, that’s normal, right?
Everyone always says “Ohhhhh, FOUR girls???” And they are always smirking. “Just wait until they are teenagers. *insert evil laugh*” And I have always wanted to just give those haughty women a little speech about how awesome I am at raising sweet little ladies and that crap junk is so not even on my radar. (Sorry, that I just wrote crap junk, but I gotta be real for a moment.)
And then it happened. Earlier than I expected. I mean Peanut and Ladybug are now 12 and 9, respectively. But they may as well be 13 and 16, because most days I believe I will go certifiably insane from the drama. I could be wrong, but I positively do not remember this level of drama at 12 and 9. Seriously, when I was that age, all I really cared about was New Kids on the Block, sky-high bangs, and Crystal Pepsi. Easy peasy.
And while Lovey has seemingly grown out of her taste for deodorant, she still enjoys a Chapstick every now and again. And like a good big sister, she has lovingly trained Cupcake in her sordid ways. Poison control is still on my speed dial.
But then those sweet four decided it was spa night for Mama and they gave me the makeover of the century. They are either apologizing or preparing me for something. Either way, it’s been a long week so I’ll take it. With coffee and a smidge of sugar, of course.
Love & Coffee.