Wednesday, October 24, 2007

For the "Someday I'll Look Back and Laugh" File

The Joy of Toddlers
a play in one naughty act
by The (Almost) Amazing Mammarino

Cast of Characters

- A hardworking homeschooler who is sick, on medicine that makes her feel worse, and is generally having "one of those days"

Drama Queen
- Mom's oldest child, a girl, age 7

Persnickety Pete
- Mom's second child, a 5 year old boy

- Mom's youngest child, a high maintenance girl, age 21 months

Setting: A disheveled home with puzzle pieces dumped on the floor, papers strewn everywhere, and math manipulatives scattered in each room. Mom, half asleep, is in the kitchen slapping together some sandwiches for lunch. Drama Queen, Persnickety Pete, and Screech are not less than 6 feet away in the homeschool room, doing who knows what.

Mom: Drama Queen, what is Screech doing?

Drama Queen:
Disinterested. I dunno.

Persnickety Pete, what is Screech doing?

Persnickety Pete: She's just playing with something.

Mom: Suspicious. Playing with

Persnickety Pete
: Ummmm . . .

The mayo-encrusted knife clatters to the counter as Mom rushes to investigate.

Screech, wearing a brand new blouse and her best jumper, is surrounded by half-empty containers of Halloween makeup. Mom cries.

Not "The End"

(There's never an end when you have a toddler!!!!!)

Not wishing this blog entry to be entirely negative, I thought I'd give you a sneak peek into my prayer life today . . .

Father, thank you . . .

. . . that there were fresh batteries in my camera,
. . . that no makeup found its way onto our (very) white carpet,
. . . that I didn't say any naughty words,
. . . that the makeup came off easily with soap and water, and
. . . for my funny, sweet girl, who is a limitless source of blog material!


Carla said...

Should I say that there is never a dull moment in the life of a home school mom. The picture is priceless though. I love those big blue eyes looking back at you. Just think years from now you will laugh at this.

jacie said...

Regarding the make-up picture.

In a similar situation, the Mary Kay Director Home School Mom titled the picture"
"Mom The Avon Lady was here"

Submitted by Joan

Anonymous said...

Those pictures are priceless! Thanks for sharing them with some of your old playgroup moms. It's great to hear from you! JW

The (Almost) Amazing Mommarino said...

Avon Lady!!! I love it, Joan!!!!

So good to hear from you, JW! I miss you guys terribly!

Beth B said...

You're an inspiration! You went for the camera instead of a two story window! You truly rock!

All in a Day said...

I found your site yesterday and have been enjoying reading. We've had the make up problem with little ones before.