As much as I would like to have perfect days with perfectly mannered kids, having bad days really makes you appreciate the good times.
Opposition in all things, right?
Not long ago I was having one of those days. I don’t remember the details of what put me in the mood I was in nor where my family was headed, I just remember all 6 of us were in the car and the kids had taken the noise level beyond what was frustrating and obnoxious.
My many attempts to quiet the children in the back of the car had failed and I could feel the frustration mounting.
I was just about ready to lose my cool (or maybe I had lost it already and the kids didn’t care, I can’t remember!) But that is when my husband said something profound that I will never forget.
He simply said, “I know they are being loud and crazy, but listen to how much fun they are having- they are creating memories!”
And then I smiled. I might have rolled my eyes first, but the point is, I got there and he was right.
Yep, they were loud (really, really loud) but they were laughing and they were having fun.
Someday those belly laughs will just be memories and how grateful I am that I will have those sounds stuck in my mind forever.
I think it’s funny that I can’t remember many of the details of that day, but I can still hear the kid’s laughter in my mind as clear as if they were just in the next room.
My kids love each other. I hope they always will.
And that day in the car might come up in their adult conversation someday.
Sure the conversation might sound something like, “Remember that day we made mom so mad she almost drove the car off the road?!”
But maybe that conversation will cause some more laughter as they reminisce.
And if they are adults with kids of their own, they’ll get it.
Pay back, right?
And I can't wait to say, "I told you so!"
Isn’t being a mom the best?