I have often thought of this story. I am not saying my husband is driving me crazy. I was actually thinking more about my kids.
There are days I could let them get the best of me. I could get annoyed. And maybe sometimes I do. But maybe I should just think, "That was probably on the list..."
So here are a few things that are probably on the list...
- the fact that when I go to sit down in my chair in the living room, I always have to move a backpack or two even though every child has hooks for backpack in their room
- finding clothes in the dirty clothes basket that they wore for less than an hour
- trying to leave the house in the morning (in a hurry usually) and finding every light in the house still on...as the kids sit in the cars ready to go
- when I am reading the newspaper, and a child just snatches it up to look closer at a picture
- the crumbs I find on the floor after every single meal
- finding random socks all over the house, no match in sight
- when I have been working on dinner for a few hours only to have a child snarl when I tell them what we are having for dinner then say, "Do I have to eat that?"
- the fact that I find food in our sink all of the time, never rinsed out
- toothpaste all over the counter...often MY bathroom counter. And it isn't my toothpaste
- stepping on hair scrunchies and barrettes as I walk through the house
- the reality that our yard NEVER gets cleaned up after the kids have been outside
- thinking that my dear children have cleaned their rooms only to find things stuffed under their beds
- going to turn on the TV, only to find that it is still set to Wii or PS2
- looking into my van and seeing trash, books, school papers, etc that have been long forgotten...of course, nobody ever claims them
- walking into the kids' bathroom and noticing that the toilet paper is gone and nobody walked the two feet to the cabinet to get a new roll (and also wondering what they have been using!)
- trying to listen to my favorite song on the radio or a relevant talk show as a child chooses that very moment to tell me everything going on in their life...loudly
- finding snippets of Gogurt packages in the scissors drawer
- finding an empty box of Gogurt in the fridge
- getting asked the same question over and over and over (I guess in hopes that I will change my answer)
- sitting down to eat only to have someone ask if I can get them another glass of milk
So, next time I am feeling flustergated (a made up word that works well in these situations), I will just remember, "No need to get irritated...it is probably on the list."