Most of the time, when I talk to moms with fewer than five kids, they follow up their stories of feeling overwhelmed with a statement like, “and I only have two children.”
I’ve never felt, though, like five kids gives me a corner on the overwhelmedness market. (For those of you who think I made that word up, I did. It’s pronounced overwhelm-ed-ness.)
My hand to God, I was overwhelmed when we had one child. I was overwhelmed when we had three. And I’m overwhelmed now.
Here’s a universal truth: any number of children is overwhelming. (Well, unless your names are Dave and Judy and you had my husband, Greg, as your first child. Then you weren’t overwhelmed because he was easy-peasy. But you were a touch overconfident about how good you were at raising him. So God gave you Jeff. And then you weren’t quite so self-congratulatory. Let that be a lesson to any of you who’re currently thinking that parenting is cake. God will get you.)
As I was saying, any number of children is overwhelming.
If you couple children with Things You Have To Do, then you’re sunk. Overwhelming is knocking on your door, and, frankly, he’s not waiting for you to answer; he’s kicking it down. The good news is, you can laugh in Overwhelming’s face.
In the span of 4 hours on Saturday morning, Greg and I took 3 kids to Nutcracker rehearsal, 2 kids to Christmas program rehearsal, 3 kids to a Christmas open house, 2 kids to a birthday party, and brought 3 extra kids home for a playdate. That’s, like, 13 kids, and I only have 5 so I’m not totally sure how we accomplished that. I’m almost positive some of the kids overlapped in there, but don’t make me tell you who or when, OK?
That’s my overwhelmedness story from this weekend.
I thought it would be fun if we played a game on this blog. I haven’t done this before, and it could be a total flop, but bear with me. (I almost typed “bare with me.” That would’ve been embarrassing.)
My friend Sally mentioned recently that she likes my blog. Well, I like Sally! But she also said I don’t post often. That’s true. I’d like to fix that, and I’d also thoroughly enjoy interacting more with you, my seven readers.
A contest of sorts is the perfect solution, yes? Yes!
Today, we’re going to play “I’m more overwhelmed than you are.” All participants are welcome. Please do not think you need to have 5 or more children to play. You simply have to feel as though overwhelmedness is part and parcel with your life and to have the desire to laugh in its face.
As you may or may not know, I cleaned out my purse recently. I emerged a wealthier woman, having found several gift cards with balances still on them. Prizes!
You’re playing for coffee. I feel like that’s appropriate since caffeine is one of only five known antidotes for overwhelmedness. (I made that up, too. There probably aren’t four other antidotes.)
Anyway, you’re playing for coffee. That’s right, coffee! And not just for the Starbucks gift card I found that has $1.55 left on it. Oh no. You’re playing for the $20.00 Starbucks gift card I found AND for the $1.55 gift card. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, that’s $21.55 in Starbucks coffee just in time to use them as Christmas gifts.
This contest will be judged by my fabulous sister-in-law, Kim, and by my friend, Sally… the one who likes my blog… if they’ll have me. As two of my seven readers, I feel it’s important to include them. I didn’t actually ask them to be judges, and I don’t have any idea what criteria they’ll use. That just makes this all the more fun for me!
The winner will be selected from comments to this post and announced on this blog no later than Monday. Comments submission deadline is this Saturday.