Sunday, November 2, 2008

Gratitude - Day 2 (Someday...)

  • When the clocks fall back, I actually will get an extra hours sleep.
  • When I stumble out of bed I will not trip on toys on the way to the kitchen.
  • I will get to use the bathroom all by myself. When I take a shower it will not be to the soundtrack of a toddler wailing and pounding at the door.
  • When I get ready for church on a Sunday morning it will only be my hair I have to wash, my teeth I have to brush, my clothes I have to iron, my shoes I have to find.
  • My van will not smell like sour milk. Or be littered with cheerios and goldfish and Happy Meal toys. In fact, someday my van might not even be a van. It might be something infinitely cooler. Like a car.
  • When I mop the kitchen floor I will not have to mop it again fifteen minutes later. And then again in an hour.
  • My living room will not look like a romper room.
  • There will be no more arguments left to referee or time-outs to enforce or groundings to police.
  • I will walk through the grocery store again leisurely. Comparing prices on fruit and never once uttering the words "Stop hitting your brother" or "No, you CAN NOT HAVE THAT."
  • Not a single room in my house will smell like a diaper pail.
  • I will be able to eat an entire meal without getting up to retrieve a fork, clean a spill, or cut someone's food.
  • I will not have a calendar hanging on my pantry door with multiple entries for every day of the week.
  • I will only have to run the dishwasher once a day.
  • I will only have to sort two sets of socks.
  • I have plenty of time to write on this blog.
But right now, while children are giggling and my husband is wrestling and my dining room is littered with enough toys and clothes to create a formidable obstacle course...I am thankful. Very, very thankful that day is not today.


Kyla said...

The other day Josh and I were talking about having a DATE sometime this century and he joked, "We can go to dinner after the kids are grown, it won't be too long now." and I was instantly sad about some far off future where we don't have these maddening, lovely little people underfoot all the time.

Lori said...

It's always the best way to look at this precious season of motherhood, isn't it? I try to do this too (in my better moments). Take all of those things that can feel like irritants and remember how empty it will feel when they are gone.

Love this one!

karen said...

You mop your kitchen floor? You are my new hero! I ordered dirt-colored grout for our new kitchen floor...

Wendy said...

Awww... so sweet! (And now I've got that "Someday... things will get a little easier" song stuck in my head. Thought I'd pass it on.)

Kat said...

Aww. I'm glad that day is not today too. :)

painted maypole said...


spaz said...

Great idea! I'm going to use this in my small group somehow.

I'm thankful for YOU!

Chrissy said...

Well said. This might be my new favorite post of yours.

I feel that conflict every day when Katie inevitably asks me to stop what I'm doing so I can push her on the swing. I'd like to say I always oblige, but...

Lisa writes... said...

Yes, indeed, someday will come and far too soon, if these past few years are any indication! Thanks for the reminder to number my days aright and thus gain a heart of wisdom!

Love you, friend!