A few things have happened lately that have nothing to do with me and yet have frustrated me to distraction. And I couldn't understand why situations that I have no stake in whatsoever would make me so angry. By all accounts it made no sense. But the more I thought about it the more I realized it had nothing to do with the situations themselves. And what I'm angry about makes perfect sense:
I am so, so, SO sick of the thought that when you have kids? LIFE IS OVER.
Um no. NO. No it's not. Yet this seems to be the prevailing attitude lately. There are whole websites devoted to Before Kids Bucket Lists. And even a whole advertising campaign devoted to this concept. And it pisses me off.
Because there is an inherent insult in this way of thinking. You know what? I have two kids. And my life is FAR from over thankyouverymuch.
|Pictured: No fun at all, obviously.|
Video of our entire family cry-laughing at lunch today. Over basically nothing. Yet I laughed so hard my sides hurt afterwards.
And yes. It's hard. I'm frazzled. I'm sleep deprived (I did the math once and realized that in the whole of 2011 I never had more than 2 nights in a row of 6+ hours of uninterrupted sleep. So "sleep deprived" seems like a poor description of just how fucking tired I am.) And alot of the times I'm also sticky.
But I am happy.
Deeply happy. Soulfully happy. The type of happy that only comes when you know that you are exactly where you are supposed to be. When you are no longer living towards some dream of a hopeful future. When you are actually in it, giggles and stickiness and all.
I wouldn't trade my kids for any awesome trip, amazing time with friends, or ridiculous night out in the entire world.
(and I know from awesome trips, amazing times with friends, and ridiculous nights out)
In other less rant-y news we finally have a grown up patio set a mere 6 years after we built our patio!
My kid in typical her fashion immediately asked "Are we having a party?" I explained that no, this was going to be a permanent fixture in our backyard. Her reaction? "We should have a party"
Yes. Yes we should.
Edited to add a line of clarification. I do NOT believe that kids are the only road to happiness any more than I believe that they are the death of it. Just wanted to make that clear.