Tales From the HighChair # 3
|April 7, 2012||Posted by Jenn under Uncategorized|
Happy Easter All!
Today’s lovely installment of Tales comes from the wonderful book blogger Cassie at www.gatheringleavesreviews.blogspot.com
Take it away, Cassie!!!!
“Parenting 301: Advanced Parenting Practicum”
by Cassie McCown
It was pretty much like any other morning, bright and sunny and new. I took my time stretching every muscle in my body. I like waking up alone and having a few minutes for myself in the morning… almost as much as I like sleeping in and eating Reese’s peanut butter cups!
When I finally slid myself out of bed, stopping to do one more stretch for good measure, I shuffled my way to my bedroom door. Maybe it was wrong of me to ignore that little voice in the back of my mind urging me to turn around and crawl back between the sheets. I turned that doorknob anyway, sure that I was going to find my husband and two-year-old son cuddled up together watching Sesame Street.
What I did find was my hubby snoring in the recliner. As my sleepy eyes surveyed the rest of the living room, I saw that my son was hard at work that morning. He obviously decided we needed to do a little remodeling… a little freshening up. He was kind enough to help by getting started with a little white paint—a little being at least half a gallon—all over our sofa, floor, table, and recliner. So kind of him to let his dad have a nice little nap while he worked quietly.
I did what any good mom would do. I turned around, closed my door, and crawled back in bed…
If there is one thing we have learned over the years, it is not to be too attached to anything and to protect it if we are! My son, now almost seven, has been a fantastic Parenting 301 (Honors) professor. It really is a good thing we had him first, because I’m not sure I’d be the mom I am today if he had come later. Now, I can easily handle just about any situation.
He has been kind enough to break basically everything we own (duct tape anyone?), deface all possible surfaces in our home (a job his younger sister and brother have taken over), clean out our refrigerator (think eggs everywhere), water a very thirsty laptop, land in the emergency room several times (actually, I’m surprised it hasn’t been more), feed the fish a bowl of butter (RIP fishes), cause me to call the Sherriff’s office to report a missing child, and defiantly ride his bicycle down the middle of a very busy road… That’s just a few examples that come to mind.
There is no baby gate, child lock, or any other childproofing mechanism that could ever conquer this boy! And believe me, we tried them ALL!!!
Parenting has been an exciting journey for us, but really, I don’t think I’d have it any other way. Our kids really have taught us a lot—more than just how to clean Sharpie off the wall. Life wouldn’t be the same without them. It would be sad and boring and WAY too clean. And that’s no fun at all…
I hope someday my kids will look back and at least give us a B+ for all our hard work.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful Tale with us!
I’m actually laughing out loud and cringing inside at the same time because I know some of what has befallen you, will surely claim me as well.
Cassie was also kind enough to include some pics for your viewing pleasure!
If you are interested in sharing a Tale, hit me up and we’ll chat!