Never have more children than you have car windows. ~ Erma Bombeck
Memories of my kids now make me laugh out loud, but at the time I'm sure I was more frustrated, impatient, or upset.
I remember coming upon my 2 year old, sitting in the open door of our refrigerator, calmly taking eggs out of the carton and breaking them onto the floor. Crack, crack, crack. Then she smiled up at me.
Another time, a young son was playing outside and yelled through the window:
"Mom, there are some bees out here."
"It's okay, they are from dad's bee hive--just move away from them."
Mooom, there are LOTS of bees out here."
"How interesting--don't get too close."
MOOOOOOM, there are MILLIONS of bees out here!"
I went out on the porch to find that a swarm of bees had left one of the hives and were taking off for the hills.
My oldest was a stickler for following directions, literally. I came into the kitchen one morning while he was eating toast and jelly. His paper napkin was wadded up next to his plate. "Throw that in the garbage," I said, meaning the napkin--but he immediately stood up and without saying a word, tossed his toast and jelly into the trash can!
My mom and dad's favorite saying whenever we did something untowards was "We just LOVE kids." It makes me laugh every time I think about it. It's good to look back and find smiles where we never expected them to be. Even if we didn't laugh at the time, we can make up for it by remembering to laugh now.
My kids always perceived the bathroom as a place where you wait it out until all the groceries are unloaded from the car. ~ Erma Bombeck
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