Giving It Our Best Shot

Last Wednesday was a home day for our family. The home day that would. not. end. I wrote about this homeschool, family photo shoot, visit with a friend, guitar lessons, Walmart run, house pseudo-tidy, City Group hosting, apple pie and cake making, 7th grade English grammar test studying, and dropping dead at 1am Wednesday over at the Veritas Wise Counsel blog today.

Thankful tomorrow ushers in a little break. Whew!

Shower, Interrupted

You sort of expect this when your kids are toddlers – the whole “I can’t take a shower” common mom complaint. I remember turning to Sesame Street as my saving grace in the mornings just so I could take a shower and finally get to feel the new Rheem water heater that the rest of my family gets a chance to enjoy whenever they please.

My kids are much older now: 13, 12, 10, and 9, yet somehow they still have this weird kid radar that goes off every single time I hop in the shower. Nobody will need me for a while and I’ll think, “Great time for a shower.” In I go. It never fails. The moment I lock the door and step inside I hear a persistent knock. It’s like something goes off in their heads that says, “Super! Mom’s in the shower. This is the perfect time to ask her where I put my math book.”

Generally these conversations go like this:

Kid: Moooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!

Me: (maybe if I don’t answer they will realize that the locked door and sound of running water means I’m in the shower)

Kid: Mooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!

Me: (going to try this again: _______________ )

Kid: Moooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!

Me (yelling over the water): WHAT DO YOU NEED?

Kid: alkjslkja sdssljl mmmmfppph sd

Me: I CAN’T HEAR YOU. I’M IN THE SHOWER!

Kid: rrrsjsoos smmmmm;flss

Me: I STILL CAN’T HEAR YOU. CAN YOU WAIT 10 MINUTES?

Kid: Silence

Me: (Do we really have to do this every single time I take a shower?)

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And I wonder – at what point do kids stop thinking this is a great time to have an important conversation with Mom? Because I sort of thought it would have happened by now.