Thursday, January 3, 2013

What Did You Do Today?

When I pick up the boys at the bus stop, Atley, without fail, asks "What did you do today mom?"  When Scott gets home from work we ask each other, "What did you do today?"  Most days I don't have too many interesting things to say and sometimes when I go to bed at night thoroughly exhausted and spent, I ask myself, "What did you do today Melisa?"  Sometimes it can get a little discouraging.  The to-do lists are long and there is almost always one or two things that did not get finished or even started.  Plus, you ever notice that lurking around every negative thought is that supermom with the PhD who has the perfect kids, the perfectly clean house, with the supermodel body that doesn't require sleep. Yeah, there she is smiling her recently whitened toothy smile making you feel like a total failure. I hate that girl. But, never mind her this is about me. This year my only resolution is to be more positive about my contribution and the first way I am going to do that is not worry about what I do not accomplish or what other people accomplish, but count all the things that I do.  So, tonight I am not going to stress about the e-mail I forgot to send Nash's teacher, or how dirty the walls on either side of the basement stairs are, or even that closet where the cat food spilled. I am going to think about how I cleaned three toilets, made 3 meals for 5 people and a batch of cookies, washed 3 loads of laundry and even put 2 of those loads away.  I helped Atley with his homework and watched Nash write his birthday thank you cards while supervising Harley's latest masterpiece. I talked to my mom on the phone and even had time to play memory with the boys. No it isn't anything fantastic but I think we would all be a little happier if we looked at what we actually achieved in the course of a day rather than what we didn't.

1 comment:

Melinda said...

I think it's so funny how we all see ourselves vs. what other people see. I've always think of you as someone to aspire to be like - hilarious, ridiculously pretty, good at crafting things that actually look like what they were intended to and a great mom.