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2007 February 7 » Philoxenos

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Balancing Act

7th February 2007

Balancing Act

At this very moment I am sitting outside, watching the kids play. It’s 4 pm and I’ve started thinking about dinner and about the living room that has toys and colouring books and storybooks littered all over every surface. But I’ve decided that I much prefer to sit outside with the breeze blowing on my face, watching my 17 month old daughter play in the water that accumulated in her wagon overnight because of the rain. And my oldest daughter is ‘cooking’ some dinner for me, which she brings out occasionally for me to test.

I’m slowly learning that being a mother requires the ability to do a hundred different jobs during the day and each minute requires me to make the decision about which job I’ll do. Some times that minute requires me to be a housecleaner, for hygiene purposes. Some times that minute requires me to be a referee. But this minute, right now, the minute requires me to just watch and enjoy.

I like minutes like this.

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7th February 2007

What is that noise?

I’m sitting here at my computer, enjoying being child-free during our mandatory quiet time. Normally my oldest will sleep, but sometimes she doesn’t, which is fine, as long as she is quiet. But I’m sitting here and there is a really strange squeaking sound coming from my bedroom, where my daughter has her rest time. I think it sounds like a balloon being rubbed, but it’s too consisten to be that. I’m tempted to go and look but if she sees me then she’ll think that rest time is over and she’ll keep calling out, asking if she can get out yet. So I’ll just have to wonder.

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