May Day

May Day. I wish it was a day dancing around the maypole, braiding colorful ribbons. Instead I spent the wet & overcast morning removing the 1930's original wallpaper from the girl's bedroom. And this afternoon we had to make a follow up visit to the dentist to fix Brienne's new filling. So that makes not just one, but two trips to the dentist in one week! Ack! Not exactly how I like to spend my time.

I took a day off from the computer yesterday and my goal was to tackle the perennial beds but somehow 1) testing the cornmeal non-soap shampoo recipe (don't ask), 2) taking the girls for haircuts, 3) dropping off the sewing machine to get fixed, 4) looking for household goods at the thrift store, and 5) preparing veggie burgers for supper ate up the whole day.

I suppose it's all in a day's work for a stay-at-home mom but I thrive in the mostly stay at home part of my career and calling. Lots of time away from home leaves me drained and tired. And even afternoon tea, time spent with a good book and a hot bath after supper couldn't lift the weariness I felt yesterday.

It's not just the inordinate amount of errands I'm doing this week, although I'm sure that contributes. Dreams are being explored and children are growing in exciting and challenging ways. Just when I thought I had home, children and family life mostly figured out the sand start to shift.

I should expect this. The only thing constant is change. But I do think the changes a foot in our family are emotionally draining for me.

And so the day wasn't spent dancing around the maypole, or digging in the garden but with a second visit to the dentist, an afternoon bike ride for the kids and an on-line documentary with afternoon tea. And having a child pick me a blue May Day bouquet, "look Mommy, for you!" Maypole or not, it still was a sweet day.

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  • nicola

    nicola on May 2, 2009, 2:32 p.m.

    beautiful flowers! i don't mean to be one of those people who says this, but...i know just how you feel. about all of it....being at the dentist this week, enjoying staying home, errands being exhausting, a few things taking an entire. i hope may 2nd is better for you. we call the weekend "family days" around here. enjoy, no matter the weather. (grey and wet here, too.) nicola

    nicola's last blog post... on the 'net and wool coasters winner!


  • Andie

    Andie on May 3, 2009, 2:30 a.m.

    I thought the exact same thing yesterday...I wish I had a tall pole in which to tie ribbons and dance around. Of course Im sure the family and neighbors would think me nuts, but oh well. You and I will do it someday. :)

    I feel your pain about days away from home. I am not a fan either. The bouquet is just too sweet though.


  • kirwin

    kirwin on May 3, 2009, 2:57 p.m.

    The May Day bouquet is very sweet and thoughtful. Like you, I thrive on the "at home" part of SAHM. I'm not an "out and about" kind of gal.

    You have me really curious about the changes that are coming in your family/home life. ???


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