Just an ordinary day on my morning trip to Starbucks..
But let me back up a few hours before that trip..
4am: first, “Mama!” cry from the hallway followed by my rush to take her back to her bed before she wakes up her sister.
4:05: HUBBY LEAVES FOR WORK
5:00am: say, “WHATEVER!” and let her have her way, which entails her crawling into bed and somehow taking up the whole bed while she tosses and turns for the next 2 hours.
7:45: CRA!!!.. forgot to hit snooze and get awoken with a foot in my face!
7:45-8:45: rush to get two kiddos ready, get showered, check my emails to make sure nothing urgent happened, take a look at my planner to figure out where I need to be, make coffee, make my shake, load the kids in the car..go back in for the book bag and lunch box I forgot.
9:10: drop child #1 at school with child #2 in hand.
9:15: drive to my little slice of heaven..STARBUCKS for coffee since I left the cup I made at home.
9:30: unload child #2, grab my purse and happily walk into Starbucks UNTIL..
A women races to the door in front of me and says, “So sorry, but I’m in a rush to get to work.”
So, I let her cut in front of me and surprisingly, I felt sad instead of pissed off!
Sad that she judged me in my yoga pants and Momlife shirt for not having a life deemed important enough to value…
Sad that she assumed I had nowhere to be …
Sad that she had given no thought to how my morning might have been…
Sad that she felt that because she was dressed up in a business suit that her “job” was more important than mine…
When will we get it as women, as mothers?
It’s ALL hard, no matter if your rocking yoga pants or tailored business pants.
It’s ALL hard, no matter if your giving a presentation to 50 board members or trying to get your kiddos fed and down for nap time so that you can clean up, prep dinner and put a load of laundry in.
It’s ALL hard, PERIOD.
So to that woman who cut me in line at Starbucks, your life is not more important than mine.. just different and that’s perfectly OK with me!
We have all been there… the dreaded “I have too many grocery bags to bring in and not enough hands” dilemma.
If I put 5 bags on one hand and 6 on the other and carry the roll of toilet paper under my arms, I think I can manage to get up the stairs and in the door without falling…oh wait, what about the kids??
Ok..well, if one walks and I carry the other than I can still put 5 bags on one and 6 on the other and then Cupcake can surely carry the toilet paper..until of course she tells me “Mama, I can’t..its too heavy!”
Now mind you, I have witnessed this tiny human lift a gallon of milk and her little sister, who although tiny still weights 18 pounds, so I KNOW she can carry the toilet paper BUT she was very clear to me in her declaration and it made stop and ask myself, “why in the world am I trying to carry all of this stuff at one time?”
I know why, I didn’t want to have to come back down to the garage when I just wanted to get upstairs, get them fed and hopefully down for a nap. Coming back down would be an inconvenience and an unnecessary step wouldn’t it?
In that moment I realized that I needed to revaluate what HAD to be taken up on this first trip and honestly it was just two bags- the rest could wait.
Wait for after their nap..wait for when my hubby came home..or honestly it could wait until tomorrow.
Being a very driven person has it faults sometimes and in this case it resulted in me thinking that something was urgent that wasn’t.
I’m learning in this motherhood journey that most of what I think is urgent just isn’t especially when I see life from the eyes of my two little sweethearts.
In that moment, my oldest wanted me to hold her hand up the stairs and my littlest baby wanted me to carry her without the added strain of too many bags weighing my arm down.
I heard God whisper, IT CAN WAIT...focus on what is right in front of you.
So I grabbed the bag with the milk, yogurt, fruit and eggs and headed up the stairs…oh wait….THE WINE! I did go back down for that IMMEDIATELY😉
Purposefully deciding what to “carry” each day has been the most significant change I have made in terms of being a more present Mama!
Most days I hear God telling me to carry much less than I feel I should carry and HIS will ALWAYS wins.
Make it a great day Mama’s!