Word Count: 810 Oh My God A Girl! "OH MY GOD A GIRL!!" This was the cry I was met with when I arrived to meet our group for a 5 day canoe trip down New Zealand's Wanganui River. "Are you sure you know what you're doing?!" a wary fellow in his 50's exclaimed. I assured him that since I knew a heck of a lot more than he did it was in his best interest to stick with me. The rest of the group, a collection of 10 men and women from New Zealand, looked on with some amusement and guarded concern. This fellow had voiced what many of them had inwardly felt when they discovered that their guides were 'girls'. Some had assumed that Sue, a nursing student in her mid twenties, and I, a 'Yank' only a bit older, were the greeting committee. I suspect many hoped at best we were the cooks and at worst that we were driving the bus. 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But I lost it. I just lost it. I lost it again a few minutes later when she refused to put on her socks and shoes and then laughed in my face as I tried get all strict mom at her. I lost it a third time when I had to ask them FIVE times to please get their lunch boxes so we could finally, finally get out the door. I been with my kids non stop for extended periods of time many times, but there is something about this week that is just really getting under my skin. Maybe it PMS. Maybe it being five. Maybe it the fact that I am packing up the entire first floor for a kitchen remodel before we leave for a month. Maybe it the awful, gray weather. Whatever it is, mystical and otherwise, that has conspired to make me cringe at the word, it been a truly sucky week. Epically sucky. All I want to do is get away from the two people I love most in the world. And here the part where you really going to judge me: Maggie and Ollie go to camp from 1 5, so I do have the afternoons off. But man, you would not believe how I look forward to 1 o I watch the clock like a condemned man. My son would have been a year old on the 17th of this month and it breaks my heart to think that there are people out there like you who take for granted the simple things kids do, like fighting and crying and acting inappropriately. I would give absolutely everything I have to have him here with me throwing a tantrum or fighting with his brother and playing to rough with his baby sister. You really need to step back and be thankful for what you have and enjoy ALL the moments you have with your children; good, bad and ugly! As a mother who had her identical twin daughters cremated four years ago I can say I identify with your hatred and loathing of being blessed enough to spend what you feel is an unnatural amount of time with your obviously living and healthy children. Before you say I don have an idea as to what it like do. I have raised two and seen them go off to college and move away to start their own lives. I have four more at home (ages 14, 12, 7 and almost 6) and trust me when I tell you there are days when they argue over who breathed in whose airspace!! And with all of the activities and running here and there and on and on and on it gets beyond insanely chaotic. But please make no mistake WOULD NEVER TRADE ONE SECOND of that insanity nor will you EVER hear me grudgingly whine about being forced to spend time with the children I chose to give birth to. Oh,and there is a solution to your desire to NOT be a mother called adoption. Look into it. In the meantime should be thanking God every day that He sees fit to allow you to have those children in your life and protects you from the devastation of having to bury either one of them!!! I not going to judge you, I enjoy time to myself too. I love my children and I fantasize about having a day all to myself. In fact, I fantasize about having 2 days to myself. The first one would just be for me to indulge myself and do whatever I want to do and the second day would be for me to actually get stuff done. My husband is away on a business trip and so I have the children all to myself and I am so thankful that I don have to do it all alone every day. Even when he late coming in the door, it a lift off my shoulders just to have him home. Sigh, it going to be a long week comment > I bet if you watched one of your children slowly pass away in your arms you would be a bit more greateful for what you do have. I get that kids can be crazy, can get annoying ect. but even when my son I have at home is screaming for hours straight, the ONE thing I look forward to everyday is waking up and seeing his smiling face. the last hour of my college courses seems to go the slowest, it seems to drag bc all I want to do is go home and be with my son, even though I know he will be crying, screaming ect, I dont look forward to anything more then seeing his beautiful face light up a room Wow. Once again Sam you have taken an honest moment of frustration and written about it with some humor, only to be taken to task as if you never enjoy being with your children if you aren grateful for every day. Of course you are, and of course your heart goes out to those who have lost a child I highly doubt that was what you meant with your post. I interpreted your words as honest exhaustion which every mother feels, but most would never admit because they are afraid of what people will say or think of them. Imagine that. Again,BIG KUDOS to you for being true to yourself and writing what many of us feel but never feel confident enough to express. PS I finding myself exhausted and summer doesn start for another few weeks. And did someone reply that you should spank your kids I really read that? While I think we all love (and need) some time I don ever want to get away from my kids the way you describe. I actually look forward to the summer my kids get out of school next week because I feel like school takes them away from me so much. I feel sad for your kids and I hope that you are just having an extra bad week and that this is not how you feel all the time. Take them to the pool, go on a hike, go out for ice cream, do something where you all can enjoy being together. Sorry, I can relate to wanting to get away from the kids to this extent. I feel that I have to give you a little support as well. I was going to send your post to my sis (who is a SAHM w/ a 2 and 5 yr old) b/c she feels so alone about not being thrilled to be around her kids 24/7 until I read all the comments posted on here. Now, I think it make her feel worse. No matter if you absolutely adore your kids and don want them dead, they will drive you nutty sometimes. I yelled at my DD today. I only done that 3xs (of course, she only 2) and I told her to leave me alone and I didn want to see her anymore. (It daddy day and I was trying to get to work). She wasn being all that bad comparatively, but after spending all day w/ her yesterday doing all sorts of fun things and engaging w/ her, I was SPENT. I had nothing more to give. Of course, after being at work all day, I can wait to see her and give her a big hug, but man, I need that distance. makes the heart grow fonder Whatever you have to do to give yourself the sanity to be there when it counts, I say, do it. Okay for those who have lost children, it truly is a heartbreak. One I know all too well. I have been getting better. It a learning process for me. The worse I act, the worse my 2 act. And I have a 20mo old and a 6mo old. Those can be some fun times. Especially the times when the 20mo old can tell you why on God green earth he wont let me set him down for 2 seconds to wash my hands. Yeah fun lol I do watch the clock for bedtime, but because by then, these 2 have had their fill of mememememmemememememme I know how you feel and I am sorry so many people felt the need to tell you to be grateful. I did not feel that you were not grateful nor a loving mother. Just a mother that needed to vent. And every mother has felt that way at some time or another. And for those that have lost children, I am sorry you have because that is a pain no one can understand, but sometimes mothers need to say what is on their mind. They do not wish ill upon their children just want to know someone else feels how they feel. I completely see where you are coming from. Come on ladies of course she loves her children. And really, suggesting adoption because she admits that she is a human being and would like to have some time for herself? Some time without kids fighting and screaming or being rude and difficult? That doesn mean you don love your kids. My goodness I have a baby who I adore, she is my world but I still enjoy those few hours after she goes to sleep where I can just sit on the couch and do nothing. I cannot fathom the pain that comes from losing your child. I can even begin to comprehend it. But it doesn make us bad parents to want a little space from our kids. I lost both of my babies to stillbirth and miscarriage! I give anything to have them back. You really need to think before you complain about your children. 1 in 3 women loose a baby. You don realize how many women would give up everything they have just to hold their baby in the arms on last time. To be able to watch their child grow up to be an amazing person. To spend summer vacations with their kids. Next time you feel like complain stop for a second and realize how LUCKY you are! How BLESSED you are! I totally feel you women! I get so tired of hanging around with my kids all day, ages 2, 3, 5, 13 and 16. I mean all they do is fight and nag, and whine and of course too, we never hit our children. We sternly tell them that they should stop doing those bad activities and try to focus on something positive. But still, OMG! I just can wait to get rid of my kids! Sometimes I wish I never had kids but then I get sad and sentimental and think to myself shooooots, I love my kids! I drop my kids off to grandma house on the weekends and I just go out and go to the clubs with my girlfriends! Hang out until like 3 4AM in the morning, get hammered and go home hung over. I usually let my kids stay over at their grammies most weekends, I say 2 3 weekends of the year I let them stay home with me when I recovering from so much partying. But ohhhhhhhhhh girls, I totally can relate! And to those who lost kids, sorry about that but even if you had your kids here, you can say what you want about you never want to leave them but that definitely NOT true! Tata! Nobody really wants their child(ren) dead. That does not mean that those of us lucky enough to have healthy children can ask for a break now and then.
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