Mommy Mommy Mommy
First off I want to apologize to the few people that actually read my blog. I had an entry up that I included a short story that I wrote. It was a very powerful and emotional story that was very very close to my heart. Anyways I had to take it down because I have entered it into a few contests and I am trying to get it published along with a few of my other short stories. One of the magazines I am submitting to asks that the story not be published at the time of submission including blogs. So if I can ever get someone to buy it I will re-post it.
So now onto today’s post. I think that the above title says it all. It does not matter what I am doing or whom I am talking to, Tooters chooses that moment to follow me everywhere close enough to step on my heels. (I am a compulsive pacer when I am on the phone). I work for the government so that means that I work A LOT and take phone calls at home in the evening sometimes. Tooter chooses this time to be loud, repeat mommy mommy over and over again or just plain do what she wants and not listen to me. This is a new behavior and only started recently. Please do not get me wrong she is such a good girl but she has figured out (I swear there was help from one of her friends) that when I am on the phone with my boss she can get away with murder until I am off the phone.
Well the other night was especially busy because there is on going extra paperwork and stuff regarding the very large forest fire in my area recently. Part of my job deals with wildfires, pretty cool huh!! So while we are deep in our conversation about bureaucratic bull crap paperwork Tooters is pulling on me with the usual questions and complaints, “I’m hungry. I am bored. Can I have some candy? Can I go play next door? Can I keep bugging you until you want to rip your ear off?” Well you get the hint. Finally I put my boss on hold and I told Tooters that if she did not let me deal with work for 15 peaceful minutes I would call the cable company and cancel Disney. OMG did that start a tantrum. You would have thought I was abusing the poor child instead of just threatening to cancel the channel with Hannah Montana. I told her that if she did not calm down and go watch cartoons right now she would spend everyday after school in her room until Christmas. That did the trick and off she went sniffing with every step.
Please understand I rarely ever talk like that to her but I swear it was one thing after another that day. First the dog puked in the living room, I locked myself out of the house and to top it all off I had a flat tire. I did not realize it until I got to the gas station for gas. So I pulled off to the side and started to change the tire and here is where it got really bad. There was some jackass that was watching me from his semi, he got out and came over to me. Here I am thanking God that someone was going to help me and instead he stands there eating his breakfast telling me that I am not doing it right. One of the things my dad made sure I know how to do in life is change a tire so I know I was doing it right. Finally I looked up at him and told him he should try doing this with torn tendons in his shoulder (that is a whole different post all to itself) and if he was not going to help he could go right back to his truck. I think this pissed him off but I did not care at the time. I eventually could not take the pain and called for help.
It seemed like it just got worse from there so you can imagine what kind of mood I was in when I got home that night. With that being told this brings me back to Tooters. While she was in the other room I could hear the cartoons going and decided she took my threats serious and was letting me finish up with work. After another 30 minutes I got off of the phone and headed for the living room to thank Tooters for being a good girl. I walked into the room and there she was and there was the room. I hear something scream and I realized it was me; Tooters just sat there with an “Oh shit” look on her face.
That precious child had destroyed the living room by bringing every toy she owns in with her and scattered them on the floor. At the end of the couch she built a tent for the Wonder Pup and had blocked her inside in a time out for knocking over her Lego’s. To top it all off she was coloring with my highlighters that I use to keep track of where I am at on my cross-stitch patterns. She had colored a few pictures and had scribbled them down to a nub.
After that I just needed some me time so I did not even make her clean up at that moment I told her just to get ready for bed and go to sleep. She must have known that I was very upset and tired because she was in bed in record time even though it was only 7:30. I ended up cleaning most of the mess up myself before sitting down for a minute. This is one of those days that is especially challenging being an only parent. I mean if there were someone else there at least the mess would have been avoided. I sometimes get angry for being alone at times like this but then I take a breathe and think I am ok and I would not trade my life for anything. Besides that will teach me to ignore the “mommy mommy mommy” pleading from a restless six years old.