This is about the daily grind with young kids ages 8, 6, and 2 and everything that goes with it. From wishing I were somewhere else (more often than you would like to know) to how I'm managing to get through the day without totally losing the plot. My oldest has Asperger's and Sensory Processing Disorder. And he's the best behaved out of the whole lot.
So my husband had the insight to tell me that sometimes I can, "Really put my foot in it." And I can. There are times when I can see myself, like an angel looking down from above, talking and I Can Not Stop. I really want to, trust me. For whatever reason I just don't have the ability.
Anyway, this all started when I got the release form for Lizzy's field trip. They have this extra section that if parents want to come along you sign up. The teachers pull your name out of a hat and off you go. I signed up but never thought I'd be going since Lizzy goes to school with a bunch of overachievers. The mom's that is. These lady-bitches have beaten me out of every trip so far this year.
Well, I got picked. I had no idea where we were going but I was so happy I finally beat the lady-bitches at their own game. We were going to see a puppet show.
I HATE PUPPETS.
EVEN WORSE THAN CLOWNS.
I HATE PUPPETS.
So there I sat on a bus full of screaming kids thinking to myself: "Who in their right mind decides they want to have a career playing with puppets? I mean, what in the hell would possess a rational, able bodied person to wake up and decide they want to make their life's ambition to provide puppet entertainment to the general population? And that's assuming they're rational. And in the ghetto, inner city or urban core, where ever. But really, what kind of person besides Mr. Rogers, wants to go into puppet work? For children?? Its just not right."
So there I sat with a bunch of Kindergartners praying to get out of the place alive and unharmed by rogue puppets or snotty six year olds. Speaking of which, all my friends who are Kindergarten teachers? You ladies are Saints and should be Canonized or you're crazy. I'm not sure which. I just know I could not do your job.
Look at these freaky-ass things.
Fast forward to later in the evening when I dropped Lizzy off at a birthday party. The party mom's all, "How were the puppets? It must have been soooo much fun!"
And I was all, "No, it wasn't fun. It was downright unnerving. Scary even. I mean, there were freaky puppets looking down from the walls and everywhere. It was the weirdest place I've ever been and I think I'm going to have nightmares and post-traumatic stress from the whole thing. Gawd, just thinking about it now gives me the shakes. Uggh, I mean a whole puppet show on Go Dog Go? I thought time stood still and I was trapped in hell with some wacked-out puppeteer and bunch feral six year olds. What time to I get Lizzy? Seven o'clock, right?"
And she's all, "You don't like puppets? What's not to like about puppets? What kind of person doesn't like puppets?"
That's when I realized I had said too much.
She was looking at me like a deer caught in the headlights, looking into my soul and seeing Satan. She was truly concerned for my well being and my utter disdain for all things puppets. I even saw her flinch and take a step back.