What’s your major?

In academic terms, I am majoring in dishes, minoring in laundry and I have a concentration in repeating myself. I also take special interest in childhood illnesses…the kind that happen every 8 days from Dec-May. I think I have a C average so far.

19 thoughts on “What’s your major?

  1. Gretchen

    Yes, but June you are the amazing student who is getting straight A’s and still has time to do extracurricular activities (ie painting)..and well. Or does it just get easier once you’re not potty training and trying to teach #2 to sit up and entertain himself?

  2. June Post author

    Easier? Soooooort of. I think potty-training a toddler while mothering a baby is definitely one of the hardest combos. The sheer volume of bodily fluids one has to deal with during the potty-training + baby stage would drive one to drink…if drinking didn’t mean encountering yet another fluid.

    As I write this, my half sick three-year-old is sitting next to me, farting up a storm, and our quirky as the day is long seven-year-old is in his room giving an Oscar-worthy performance of sorrow and anguish because the three-year-old won’t do as he commands. And tomorrow I need to confront (that’s what it feels like) the first grade teacher about the stress-inducing math “speed drills” which are giving said seven-year-old an ulcer. And the dishes aren’t done. Ever. And there is laundry in every possible stage laundry can be in at various places around the house. Always.

    See, I’m tellin’ ya: C average all around. Painting shmainting.

  3. Gretchen

    what? (red wine in hand) it’s after 8 pm. Two kids in bed…nope nothing can bother me right now.

    Hear, hear June, for being so beautifully honest and transparent at times. Seriously my friend. I appreciate you. Thank you for reminding me that perfection in one’s children, household, day to day survival (pretending it can be achieved, or feeling the need for it) is for the birds.

  4. sharolyn

    In my experience, the baby boy did become more independent as the months went by. However, he independently came up with creative ideas of how to cause himself potential harm or death. So the tables turned and I was following him everywhere.

    I conclude that boys love danger (you all know who you are).

  5. corey

    June, if it makes you feel better- Beth and I have three beautiful children. But the two that are honor-roll, award-winning, polite, and well-behaved are the ones Beth stayed home with. The one that is flighty, maladjusted, mouthy, and carefree- that one’s all my fault. What you do is crazy difficult.

  6. June Post author

    Thanks Corey. I think my issue (Ha! As if there’s only one!) lately is seeing the worst of my dna in my eldest child. It’s one thing be a self-actualized angsty, melancholy, over-thinking (and yet not so intellectual. hmmmm…) bad-at-math, crazy-sensitive adult, but to see these traits in a seven-year-old who, by virtue of being age seven, has no chance at self-actualization for many years yet, is very stressful…and round and round and round she goes.

  7. corey

    Jeez- you have NO IDEA how often I’m in the middle of a tirade with my boys and while I’m yapping, I’m also thinking, “you know, C-Dub, it might be a good idea for you to do that also, no?” It scares that there will come a day when my kids will notice that this whole time I’ve been living under the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do parental loophole.

    All that’s to say, I think you’re on to something about seeing your worst baggage in a living mirror. But God has a way of also illustrating that – no matter how crazy the baggage- those little mirror images are lovable and a number of people would feel like life was incomplete without them. If we turn the mirror enough, hopefully we’ll realize the same could be said of us.

  8. Leonard

    Just did a series on parenting last may, “choices that make champions” and one of the thoughts shared was that nobody is better suited to be your kids parent than you.

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