Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Boxes Boxes Boxes. And Patience.

My life is...boxes. While everyone leaves for their 4th-of-July vacations, I get to...pack boxes. My kids are packing boxes. If we had a dog, IT would be packing boxes. Alas, we have no dog. More boxes for me.

Thing Four (who just turned 4) is entering the "I Want To Do Everything Myself" phase. Getting dressed. Going to the bathroom (although I still draw the line at letting him wipe himself--um, not ready for that yet). Getting into the car himself. Getting his own drink of water. It's fine and all, but I am a highly impatient person, and waiting three and a half minutes for him to try and get his shorts zipped and snapped is BEYOND ANNOYING. Here is where, in my opinion, the Challenge of Motherhood comes in. Because you have to practice patience. Patience when it takes them ten minutes to get their own shoes on, and they end up getting frustrated anyway and whine and ask you to do it. Patience, when you need to getinthecarandzoomzoomzoom and they want to take the time to c-l-i-m-b up themselves and put themselves in the carseat and b-u-c-k-l-e it themselves and move turtle slow and yadda yadda yadda tear tear tear my hair out.

I'm so glad for moments like this. Because I have no patience, and Someone up there knows I certainly need to have my patience tried, in order to gain some. Because He's smart. Smarter than me.

Back to the boxes.Thing Four wants to pack a box "all by himself."

Give me patience please, because I want some right now now now!!!


Karies place said...

I have a 7yr who wants to do everything herself and also likes doing it in a s l o w l y manner. :)

Anonymous said...

Been there, done that!


Devon Ellington said...

I know -- but that's how they learn -- doing it themselves.

If there's a safe box he can pack all by himself while you pack five next to him in the same room, it'll be well worth it.

Hang in there, I feel your moving pain!

Remember when I had to pack 20+ boxes, haul them down 3 flights of stairs, across 2 parking lots, load the car at 5 AM and drive to the Cape? Then drive back and do it all again?

Moving day will come and go no matter what, and then you need a week at a spa!