Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Packing my Big Girl Pants

As an adult, a mother and a professional there is really no opportunity to curl up in the corner and say “I don’t want to “. As I watch The Princess defy all logic with her distaste for washing her hair or smiling on command, there’s a slight envy. How nice to simply say “I don’t want to.”



Yup, I feel like that

“I don’t want to do the laundry and make sure the thank you notes are done before I leave.”

“I don’t want to do the photo shoot at 11 PM.”

“I don’t want to sit in 22A in front of that damn baby.”

:: Sigh ::

“I don’t want to” sounds so, so nice. And truly ridiculous.

Teaching our children the positive values of responsibility and follow through are important to E and me. The more we grow as parents and adults the more we see the value of practicing what we preach.

We don’t say “I don’t want to.”

We do say, “I’d really rather not leave you, but I said I would do this and there are people counting on me.”

Seat 22A is mine today and I will work more than 100 hours in the next six days.

No. I don’t want to.

I want to be the Mom that screams the loudest at The Athlete’s first baseball game on Saturday and let The Princess sit on my lap in church on Sunday. I don’t want to be here.

But I said I would.

It's a good thing I packed my big girl pants. They’re going to come in handy for this one.

20 comments:

Tania @ Larger Family Life said...

I think we all get the "I don't want to's" at times. It's whether we let them win that counts.

Bethany said...

Good stuff, girl! Glad I found your blog at roll call.

shortmama said...

My list of I dont want tos but have tos is a mile long!

obladi oblada said...

Every weekday morning is an "I dont want to"......and definitely an "I have to.."

"The Roux" in the Soup Bowl" said...

Thinking of you Kim and really wish I were there but my little girl is having surgery Monday - (tubes) and needs me here. I know exactly how you feel and you arent alone in this craziness we call doing it all. Hope it goes well and just know when you get home you will have so much love waiting for you when you get back!! Love much kel

Me, Myself and Pie said...

It's so true. Sometimes I wish I could act like a kid, too, and just throw in the towel. Those were the glory days!

Desert Rose said...

I lost my big girl panties the other day, maybe you have them!

Jamie said...

My thoughts are with you and your family as you go through all the "don't want tos." Hope you have a blessed weekend.

MiMi said...

I really wish I could throw a tantrum and be a bratty kid sometimes.
But all my undies are big girl undies cuz I'm fat.

Monique-aka-Surferwife23 said...

As I kid, I always remember others telling me to take advantage of being a kid because being a grown is hard work and responsibility.

So true.

Jules said...

I would love to use a few "I don't want to's"

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Alyssa said...

Couldn't we all use a few good "I don't want to's"??? Sometimes I have to fight the urge sooo hard...
At least I know my daughter is filling her childhood with many "I don't want to's"...maybe enough to make up for "when she's an adult".

Tooj said...

Ah, the big girl pants. I understand. I have felt that way for the past couple of months with work taking up more time than my children...which makes me sad. I don't want it to be that way. My priorities can't change...I just need to ensure that responsibilities match priorities. Hard to do, isn't it? :)

I hope all continues to go well for you and your family. The sun is bright or will be soon, the kids love us, and work needs us. I suppose that's enough for today. Right?

Happy Sunday.

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Crystal Escobar said...

haha, that is so funny! I wish I could do the same thing. Like last night when my son kept waking up every hour screaming (teething), I just wanted to tell him, sorry, I don't want to get out of bad, too bad for you.

Tyne said...

Love you and praying that this goes well for you... and for the life of me, I don't know where the heck you are! I am a week behind in reading, but I caught back up to the postoffice patron post and still can't figure it out!

I will pray for you tonight, glad you brought your big girl panties!

minor catastrophes said...

Love that picture! Too cute...

p.s. I don't want to go to the office this morning :)

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