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


Kid: rrrsjsoos smmmmm;flss


Kid: Silence

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


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.

2 thoughts on “Shower, Interrupted

  1. michelle says:

    Ha! Happens here, too, but mine are 10, 8, 4 and 2.
    I read once that we try to promote so much independence in our children, which is contrary to what God desires of us toward Him. So let’s just take that dependence on us, and encourage it toward learning to depend on God! Better that they already know to be dependent, than have to wander a dark and dreary road to learn it.
    PS…I’m thinking your kids should get you water proof walkie talkies for the shower for Christmas. 🙂


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