Sometimes, I want to scream at my kids, ‘I’M A PERSON TOO!’ Especially when they’re pushing boundaries, being cheeky and generally driving me nuts. (Actually I want a whole lot else as well, but I’m probably pushing my luck.) This is my wish list today. What would you add?
Today, I want you to come and brush your teeth the first time I ask.
Today, I want you to stop asking me for things. Constantly. And unnecessarily.
Today, I want to breathe. Just breathe. And be. (If only for 5 minutes).
Today, I need something more than making your breakfast. Your lunch. And your tea.
Today, I want you to stop calling my name every minute. (It’s not even my real one.)
Today, I ask you to stop telling tales. And sort it out yourself.
Today, I need you to stop arguing with each other. And just be nice.
Today, I want you to respect me. And not push the boundaries when I’m already frazzled.
Today, I wish you’d see that when you put on yet another new outfit, I wash all those outfits.
Today, I want you to be careful and not spill your juice.
Today, I want you to take responsibility for the small things I ask you.
Today, I want a day off from wiping bums and mopping floors.
Today, I want to eat my lunch without you eating it first.
Today, I want you to remember the manners I know you have.
Today, (and always) I ask you to be kind.
Today, I want you to be reasonable and calm. (Yes, really.)
Today, I need a gin in a can even earlier than usual.
Today, I can’t be the bigger person and bite my tongue.
(Because) Today, this existence is making me feel small.
Today, I need you to understand that I am a person too.
Today, I am wondering if I can do this. Day in day out.
Tomorrow, I know that I will.