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Oh! There you are, Mommy!

Sometimes I feel like a platypus.

Honestly!

Well, not just any platypus, of course. Perry the Platypus. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching an episode of Phineus and Ferb, Perry is their pet platypus — who just so happens to be a secret agent. The family heads out on their business of the day, at which time Perry dons his fedora and sets off thwarting evil deeds right and left. That done, he wanders in just in time for the end of the episode. There’s always someone who exclaims, “Oh! There you are, Perry!” then proceeds to pat him on the head and wonder if he’s been bored at home all day.

That’s the role of most stay at home moms, I think. When I dropped the boys at school, Sam turned back to say, “Don’t forget to go home, Mom!” I won’t! I assured him, then proceeded to zip all over town, flitting from one errand location to another, before racing back in time for 1:00 pickup.

Sadly, my daily duties aren’t nearly as exciting as thwarting evil-doers from their dastardly plots. But ensuring each boy has a clean change of socks and underwear every day is pretty important in it’s own right, I suppose.

But, just like poor old Perry, I get no credit. When asked what his mommy does for a living, Jack responded, “She just does nothing.”

Nothing. I admit it…that one hit a soft spot at the time. But I’ve come to like my “nothing” and appreciate that all those unnoticed nothings contribute to the comfort and happiness my little boys take for granted. It’s strange adapting to a lifestyle where you work hard all day at tasks that almost immediately come UN-done. But the job has it’s own rewards.

Now I have to run, because Sam wants to sit in my lap and snuggle for a while. It’s the closest thing I get to “Job Well Done.”

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  1. Barbara says

    Oh, I’d give anything to have one of those small warm bodies in my lap for a few minutes again. Give Sam a squdge for me. Tom, Will and Jack too. One of these days I’ll have a grandbaby to snuggle.

  2. anna says

    “you work hard all day at tasks that almost immediately come UN-done” don’t i know it! i’ve had one of those days where it’s all felt too much like hard work. thanks for the nudge back towards perspective: “all those unnoticed nothings contribute to the comfort and happiness my little boys take for granted”. worth it after all!

  3. jodi says

    Yay! So glad something I said could help bolster up another mom, Anna!

  4. Tamara says

    So well said!!! I’ve been feeling the same way lately and today while Sophia was eating cereal in the living room watching a show and I was rushing to get things ready for school (alarms didn’t go off today), she yelled to me in the kitchen…”I love you, mommy!” Totally calmed my whole day that had started in a frenzy!



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