Let's face it, parenting requires a lot of energy. Mothers pour their hearts and souls into their children's lives. Fatigue causes many absent minded goof-ups.
Here are some of the answers I received when I asked moms I know to finish this sentence: You know you're overtired and need a break when:
You buy a week's worth of groceries, load them in the trunk, hop into the passenger seat, and wait for your husband to get in and drive when you suddenly realize you're by yourself.
You turn down an aisle in the supermarket and go to reach for a turn signal on your shopping cart.
You get upset with your child for doing something you disapprove of, but they tell you that you gave them permission. You then recall giving them permission and wonder why you did.
You're about to cook a meal and open a package of food. You throw the food item in the trash and put the wrapper on the counter. After a lengthy search for the food item, you realize what you did, but have no recollection of throwing the food away.
You put diaper ointment on your toothbrush.
You spray hairspray under your armpits.
You tell the friend you're talking to on the phone, "Hang on a minute," and go to do something. Then you forget all about the friend you left hanging on the phone.
You put the dry cereal in the refrigerator and the milk in the cupboard.
Here's an incident from years ago when cell phones were much bigger: You grab your cell as you're rushing to the school office. Once there, you set your cell on the counter, waiting for the secretary to help you. She looks at you with a puzzled expression and asks why you brought your remote control.
You're in a hurry and drive through a fast food restaurant to get a quick dinner for the family. You pay for the order and get halfway home when you realize you drove off without the food.
You pay the cashier at the gas station for $25 of gas on pump #3. As you're driving down the freeway a couple miles down the road, you realize you forgot to pump the gas.
You have a hectic day running many errands. When you get home, you put your feet up to sit back and relax. You're horrified when you look down and notice that you're wearing two different shoes.
People ask how old your baby is. You answer, "He's a seven-month-year-old. You realize you misspoke and added the word "year," but you still say it every time someone asks.
Your lips are chapped. You grab a tube of chapstick off the kitchen counter and apply it to your lips as your husband stands there gawking at you in disbelief. Then you notice that you used your six-year-old's glue stick, not chapstick.
So, moms, when you find yourself doing silly things, rest assured that you're not alone. I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing Mother's Day.
Here's my mom with Punkin,
one of her six great-grandchildren.
Happy Mother's Day, Mom!
We love you! XOXO
Have you done any nutty things, due to fatigue? Or do you have a special memory of your mother that you'd like share? I love to hear your comments!
If you have a parenting or grandparenting story
relating to any topic, I'd love to hear form you.
If you're not a parent, memories from your own childhood count, too!
Warning: I might feature your story in a future post.
(Names can be changed to protect the guilty!)
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