It goes without saying that life is busy when you’re a parent.
But every once in awhile, you get the kind of week that makes all the other weeks seem easy.
That week for me started the weekend before last, when we rushed home from school and work Friday night for a tree lighting event in the neighborhood. That was followed Saturday and Sunday with my daughter’s first dance recital, my son’s first-ever audition for a musical, grandparents in town visiting, my husband’s office Christmas party and an overnight hotel stay for the two of us (yay!), My wedding ring going missing (It was later found in the dirty laundry because of course), and a memorial gathering for a friend who died.
That next week required daily rehearsals for my son in a town a half hour’s drive from home, his participation in a Christmas parade, the usual daycare shuffle for my daughter and homework for my son, and a half-dozen after hours work meetings and events for my husband and me.
Crazy doesn’t begin to describe it. Somehow, we survived with the help of lots of fast food and little bathing, our marriage still intact.
The problem with these super busy weeks is that the regular chores don’t go away. The laundry keeps piling up. The dishes go undone. The groceries don’t buy themselves.
Fortunately, my parents came up to watch my son’s show with us.
He slayed, by the way.
I watched with a big stupid grin on my face and proud tears in my eyes the way moms do.
And then when we got home, my parents helped me get our lives in order again the way parents do.
My mom and I together tackled the overwhelming piles of laundry, and organized the kids’ rooms.
My dad washed our cars and took out the overflowing trash cans.
After they headed home, I was motivated enough to clean all the bathrooms, mop the floor, finish the dishes and squeeze in some much-needed yoga. My husband did the grocery shopping and prepared our first home-cooked meal in too long.
Because parenting doesn’t stop when our kids are grown, and our job is just as important.
Whether we have babies, preschoolers, middle-schoolers, high-schoolers, college kids or adults with kids of their own, a parent is there to make us believe we can step on stage under the bright lights and handle this thing called life.