Bedtime For Mom

There are some evenings when I can easily relate to the tale of this mom, (except my children, being older, are often up into the evening, too). Then, just when I'm finally done with all the last minute details and am ready to head to the bathroom to brush my teeth, someone breezes in there just before me! I'm always amazed at how that works!  Now, when I make the announcement that I'm getting ready for bed, I follow that by saying, "And nobody gets into the bathroom until after me!"

Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, "I'm tired and it's getting late. I think I'll go to bed."
She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day's lunches, rinsed the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and set up the coffee pot for brewing the next morning. 
She then put some wet clothes into the dryer, sewed on a loose button, picked up the newspapers strewn on the floor and the game pieces left on the table and put the telephone book back into the drawer. She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket, hung up a towel to dry, wrote a note to the teacher and counted out some cash for the kids' field trip. 
She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope, and wrote a quick reminder for the grocery store. She put some water into the dog's dish and put the cat outside, then made sure the doors were locked.
Mom washed her face, put on moisturizer, and brushed and flossed her teeth. Her husband called, "I thought you were going to bed." 
"I'm on my way," she replied. She looked in on each of the children, turned out a bedside lamp, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks in the hamper and had a brief conversation with the older one, who was up doing homework. In her own
room, she set the alarm, laid out clothes for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack and added three chores to her list of things to do tomorrow.

About that time, her husband turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular, "I'm going to bed," and he did! 
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My moral to this story: If you're getting overwhelmed with a million things to do before you turn in for the night, assign after dinner duties to family members so you can get into bed relaxed and stress-free! When I take my own advice, I'm a happy camper come bedtime.

1 comment:

  1. Now this says it ALL!!!! Love it.. A Mother's WORK is NEVER DONE!!! So no one ever forget this!!!


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