"Oh Julie," you say. "Quit yer whinin'!"
POP! That is the sound of me smacking you sort of hard and then saying I was kidding. Trust me, I KNOW I'm whining. I've always maintained that I was built to handle the responsibilites of a 27-year-old, maximum. Right now I'm juggling some priceless Wedgewood china, previously owned by George Washington, all coated in the Ebola Virus, and I know one or more pieces is going to hit the ground and shatter into a million little priceless irretreivable shards and kill all of mankind, and I don't know which one yet, so keep juggling, keep juggling, keep juggling...There are FOUR STRESS POINTS right now in my little life, and I think a number of you mom-types are going through similar scenarios:
1. THE DRIVING SCHEDULE
Here was our schedule Monday night:
4:45 Get home from work
5:15 Leave with The Son, his bass, and Oldest Daughter's cello in van.
5:30 Drop Son at string lessons, drive to high school to get
Oldest Daughter from musical practice.
6:00 OD in cello lesson, Son comes out. Current Husband meets me in parking lot
with Youngest Daughter. YD gets in my car, Son gets in CH car to be driven
to baseball practice.
6:30 OD leaves cello lesson, drive back to high school to drop her at musical practice.
7:00 Arrive home. Carry instruments in. Feed YD. Let George the Superpet out.
7:15 Let GTS in, put YD and piano bags in car, leave for piano lessons.
7:30 Drop YD at piano, go shop for YD birthday gifts.
8:00 CH takes Son to piano from baseball practice. Picks up OD from musical practice.
8:30 I pick up The Son and YD from piano, go home.
8:45 Start homework, showers, etc.
10:45 Think "What The Hell Just Happened?" Assess what can change.
Determine nothing can. Count days until musical is over. Throw up a little in my
mouth. Take a Prilosec and eat Tums. Sleep fitfully, dream of dogs on skis.
So because of the high school musical, coupled with the fact that no children drive, our lives have been a little chaotic lately. Plus, we have three children in three levels of school - elementary, middle, and high school - and this is the time of year when all the shit goes down. Conferences. Scheduling classes. Solo festivals and concerts to determine what chair you get next year. End of year picnics/festivals/fundraisers/volunteer opportunities. Sign up for the camps you need to do during the summer. Bleh. It makes me want to eat Lucky Charms on my mom's green and gold velvet couch and read a Nancy Drew book and imagine what it will be like to get my period someday.
2. FOREGOING DIET COKE
What in the name of Baby Jesus was I thinking? This is not the time of year to go on the wagon. But in the wrestling match between my now-insecure colon and Diet Coke, the colon won. I am now nearly 72 hours soda-free, and I've never wanted a beer and a smoke more.
3. TODAY IS YOUNGEST DAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY
Nine years ago I was 4 days overdue with my third baby. We lived in a small town, and I owed a gift shop, so everyone knew I was overdue. I would waddle down the street and people would yell things at me like, "Eat Eggplant Parmegiana!" or "Watch the movie Chicago!" or "Drink Raspberry Tea!" or "Try Nipple Stimulation!". I'm not kidding. So on April 11, 2003, I was sitting on the couch eating Eggplant Parmegiana with Raspberry Tea watching the movie Chicago and giving myself purple nurples when my water finally broke. Then CH and I were almost hit by a drunk driver going the wrong way on a one-way street into Iowa City en route to the hospital, because the bars were closing. And then I got my first epidural, thank you God. Little MuMu Kowski was born the next morning, April 12, bright and early and on her own terms. Seeing this sweet little muffin turn nine, and knowing it's my last year with a child in a single-digit age, is hitting me kind of hard today. I took an hour off work and took her into school with her butt-ass-ugly "brownie kites" she wanted me to make, and CH and I took her to lunch at Wendy's today (no Diet Coke! AAAAHH!), and tonight she wants spaghetti and meatballs and she'll open some Lalaloopsy stuff, and I know this is all so fleeting. What a cutie patootie. I already miss her and she's still around for another 10 years. Do you ever stare at your kids and think, "I HAVE to remember this moment!" like I want to remember their voices and the feel of their little hands holding yours or the smell of their hair... Jesus, I'm going to cry. WHERE IS MY DIET COKE!?!?
4. I'M TURNING 43 NEXT WEEK
and my face is melting off and my middle is getting thicker and my varicose veins are really putting down some roots and I have acid reflux and apparently some up-and-coming digestive issues and I can't just drink and eat whatever I want to anymore and my hips hurt in the middle of the night and I'm forgetting shit all the time and I'm tired but I can't sleep, and I'm constantly bitching in my head (and on my blog, you're welcome!) about how busy I am, and I feel like I'm running faster and faster on a treadmill and even though I run faster I'm not going anywhere, and I know these kids are going to be out of the house before I know it (three years, it begins....) and I'm going to miss them so much it makes my gut hurt (or that's the Diet Coke) but I can't wrap my head around it because I'm just DRIVING EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME!!!! And I've stopped drinking Diet Coke! And my colon is occasionally exploding!
In sum? Happy Birthday YD, I need a Diet Coke, and for my birthday? Baby you can drive my car.
And baby I love you.