Sunday, July 31, 2011
I feel guilty and dirty . . .
Now I’m sure you’re thinking this must be because I didn’t switch off Cinemax when it went to “NIGHTTIME” #yikes
I know you’re thinking that I’m banging the handyman. (Although after he fixed that last leaky sink I’m not saying it didn’t cross my mind.)
Or I’ve been holed up in the pantry snorting crushed Tylenol. (Wait, do you think that does anything?)
But no, unfortunately...The activity that has me feeling shameful and dirty and guilty like I’m failing my family, my daughters, our business, the Unified School System and the entire County of Riverside is . . .
Sometimes I take an hour (or uh . . . two), sit outside and read a book.
I know this will be shocking and horrifying to you but, sometimes I even nap. And drool.
If you ask me what I did that day? I’ll tell you I was super-busy working and getting stuff done.
I will also tell you that I am super-exhausted. (Do you think I’m anemic? Or have cancer? Or some kind of thyroid condition? . . .) Uh, I’m a menopausal mother.
How’s that for a diagnosis BLUE CROSS!?!
Yes, this is the life of a helicopter mom. I am driven.
I drive my kids, myself and my family. So what would happen if anyone finds out about this horrible situation, this lapse in judgment, this SLACKING in the middle of the “work” day?
I got up a 4:00 this morning to get my work done. By 11:00 I sat down to read the paper and fell asleep. Of course I couldn’t doze long cuz I had to pick up my kid at 1:30. (Please read with a “holier than thou” tone. Thank you.)
Oh, and don’t forget, I work Saturdays. Well, go ahead and forget. Cuz you can trust me to REMIND YOU!!!
See, it is VERY important to me that you know HOW VERY BUSY AND PRODUCTIVE I am, every day.
It is such a lie.
There are days when I look at my desk and I look at my To Do list and I whimper.
And I walk away.
Some days I feel so overwhelmed that I rifle through the pantry scraping Cheetos dust out of one of the bins. And drink maple syrup from the bottle. And make lots of quesadillas with tons of hot sauce. (Thank you La Victoria!)
There are days when I move shit around on my desk, sigh heavily and then put on a Crown of Thorns.
Which, by the way, a Crown of Thorns? Super uncomfortable to nap in.
If you see me with downcast eyes, unable to meet your gaze you’ll know my Dirty Little Secret.
But damn, wasn’t “Slammerkin” a really great book? #slacker