Wednesday, May 9, 2012

don't buy balloons on a windy day

"Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease."
-Lisa Alther

cartoon by Mama Pea at

A few weeks ago we celebrated my husband's birthday.
That morning I had ideas of grandeur (notice I said that day, because you can plan a big celebration in a day, right?).
The boys and I were going to go buy a gift, get balloons, and stop by the grocery store for a few things.  During nap time I was going to cook and clean and bake.

Everything was planned, and my list was ready.
Birthday gift. Check.
Groceries. Check.
Balloons. Check.
 Spiderman and Elmo balloons, because what daddy wouldn't love those? I was feeling pretty good. Then I realized I had to get to the car with balloons, two busy little boys, and a very windy day.  I was wearing a dress. A dress apparently designed like a parachute so when I stand near our car and the wind blows it goes up to the sky. 

There I am, trying to:
- talk in a nice voice
- keep Charlie calm (he's all upset about the balloons frantically winding and twisting) 
-keep Jack on my hip (who is complete dead weight because he has no idea how to hold on when being held)
-shove balloons in our tiny car (see above description)
-keep my parachute dress from pulling a Marilyn Monroe

All the while I had somehow managed to call my friend and leave her a detailed message of everything. Let the record show, I didn't yell. Thankfully all the things I was saying in my head and under my breath didn't make it to the phone receiver, hahaha.

Of course, at the time none of this was funny. I was totally able to laugh about it after the fact when Alison called me and told me about the message. When I tweeted about the fiasco my friend Mama Pea laughed with me and made the above funny cartoon.

Motherhood is not easy, but it is funny, most of the time.
Share with me a funny mama drama story. I only got 5 1/2 hours of sleep last night, and I need a good laugh :)