After the wild things were born, people told me all about the jobs a mother has. All the different things you have to do to keep up with the kids and the house and life. I am an environmental engineer (in my paying job). All day I tell people how to interpret complex federal and state rules. When I finally leave work at the end of the day, I start my mommy job. Tonight I realized that old joke of I am a driver, nurse, warden, psychologist, etc is so true.
I left the office and headed straight to The Swim School where I met the babysitter to pick the boys up from swim lessons. I start my job as personal driver at the point. In the car, I am the mediator of arguments and a teacher as we start spelling words, sight words, and nightly required reading. We arrive at activity number two for the evening. It’s time for tae kwon do. But before it starts Thing 2 has decided it would be great to knock over all the air shields and then blame big brother and best friend. I am know the judge, jury, attorney for the prosecution, and warden all in one. I state the case, hand out the punishment, and enforce said punishment.
Finally it is time to start the drive home. Now I spend the 30 minute drive home on the phone with 2 other moms arranging this weekend’s playdate/movie date so that all the wild things can get together and have a wild time. I am…an event planner. A darn good one too!
Another fight issues in the car requiring the mediator to step back in. Then we make it home. It is now time for the chef to start the gourmet meal of grilled cheese and apples with cinnamon sugar. After that, I am the game show host for what is this sight word, what is this letter. I am the teacher explaining how to work math problems.
I transition from chef to maid as I start laundry and cleaning duties. Then to zookeeper and plant nursery assignments. Mom, the fish tanks need cleaning. Mom, would you put water in my plant. Then I am the personal spa service provider…bath, hair washing, teeth brushing. Time for night-time medicines…Here comes the nurse.
Thing 2 is ready for bed. Now it is time to be the audio version of all books about Spiderman. Then the living teddy bear for cuddling. I fight the monsters in the dark as well as any knight. Thing 1 requires a little more warden to encourage finishing that math homework.
Both wild things are now in bed. One snoring and happy, one can’t wind down. But it is time for the maid and the chef to wrap up the chores. Thing 1 doesn’t want sandwiches tomorrow night…he wants chicken. Chicken is in the crock pot cooking all night to be reheated at dinner time. Rice is in the steamer to be reheated tomorrow night. Can’t go to bed until rice is done and clothes are folded.
Wow. When mommies think about all they have to do, it is a wonder how we get out of bed each day. Then when they are asleep and cuddle so sweetly under the thick winter blankets with just a tuft of hair sticking out…we remember why we do get out of bed each day.