Thursday, January 19, 2012

Before the Dawn

In one hand, a butterfly preschool backpack, my keys, a barbie horse, two hats, a thermos, and a glove. In the other hand a book-laden backpack, my coat, a Cars 2 lunchbox, the other glove, and a can of Diet Coke. Under that arm, two broken down cardboard boxes for recycling, and in the crook of the other arm "Princess," Pink P's teddy bear.

Thus laden, I walk toward the garage in the pre-dawn darkness. Before I get there, Ren calls out, "Aren't you going to take the garbage?"

Wordlessly, I turn to show him my load, and he simply says, "Have a good day."

If I could have juggled it, I would have, but lately, I've been feeling like my hands are way more than full. We've been down one parent for a few months now since Ren's back decided to go south for the winter. See what I get for making Ren sleep on the ground with a bunch of first-grade cub scouts back in the fall?

Like most working moms, I was already juggling a lot. But since Ren's the one who gets stuff done at home, things have certainly taken a turn to the next-to-impossible. We're hoping the lumbar epidural steroid shot he got yesterday does the trick! Until then, apologies for the sporadic posts!


FMBMC said...

This is awesomely written!

Mom on the Edge said...

Thanks! I know it's not much, but it's the best I could muster for now. So many things I want to write and no time to do it.

Jenn said...

my husband had a back injury a few months ago and had to lie down for a week, and not do anything for the next week. i felt like a single mom. had a whole lot more appreciation for my mom and single moms everywhere. at the same time it's harder because not only are you living like a single parent, you're also doing hospice care for the injured who, up to this point, has help share the work load, and it's really difficult to readjust expectations. i nearly cracked a couple of times, i'm really not even sure how i held it together. don't know you but love to you, it's insane out there. breathe...