Finding The Moments Adds Space

25 Apr

So in all this togetherness I’m beginning to realize that there’s not a lot of space left. Space for a breather, space to take a minute. Like to exhale. That only comes at night when everyone else is asleep. But the sun is gone and the mosquitoes are out so there’s no outdoor anything happening, not even to the small patio.

I can’t imagine what a family of five must feel like. Not any one … A working-class family of five. Oof. Or maybe just three kids under the age of five. Dude.

Parents out there … I feel you. I feeeeeel you. You have to tag out sometimes just for sanity’s sake. But what if you have no partner? What if you can’t just leave when you need to?

That’s a rough one, that’s when the grays start popping up and you immediately try to remember how to take deep breaths so as to prevent a heart attack, because you feel it rising up inside of you. The frustrations of parenting in this tight environment gets to you. I mean it makes the small space you inhabit even smaller.

Quiet always feels good to parents after sustained chaos. But I also hear that loneliness takes its toll if you’re single and don’t have the loudness surrounding you 14 hours a day. Company and conversation are missed as you can only take so much alone time or online meetings. Connection is missed. And your space feels small.

Everyone’s struggle is different. Sometimes someone else’s plate looks better. But that’s for everyone.

Hang in there parents …

So you just try to find a moment … something that made you laugh or something that ended up right after a whole lot of wrong. Dude.

Listening to good poets slam their beats and touch a heart string to create a smile. That felt good, even if it was just a couple minutes while the kids played Legos. Finding a funny sign and it making you laugh, not just smile, but laugh.

Planting a garden from scratch for Earth Day felt like an accomplishment. It will be a while before I see any results but we still took steps in the right direction.

Talking to friends on the phone in a video chat gave a few of them a very needed outlet of expression and relief.

Finding the little moments add up at the end of the day, or week … Homeschooling distance learning week three went well as all work was finished by Friday and the kids continued to learn something new not just go through the motions. Sparta and Athens. Fractions and order of operations happen in real life, like when measuring and baking banana nut bread muffins, and step two needs to happen before step 4. Clouds have names, like cumulus, and they mean something to the weather. Learning to play the Star Wars theme song on your saxophone. Recycling old crayons was the best surprise moment as it was something new and in the process we created art for Earth Day.

Baseball was still the funnest lesson as Abbott and Costello informed them on who was on first.

Finding the moments helps expands your space.

Buen Camino my friends!

🙂

5 Responses to “Finding The Moments Adds Space”

  1. beth April 26, 2020 at 6:55 AM #

    i love the crayon recycling !

    • The Guat April 26, 2020 at 10:23 AM #

      That was the highlight that kept on giving! I had seen it some where with silicone molds but I couldn’t find them. So cupcake liners were the next best thing and it rocked as one of them ended up looking like Earth on Earth Day 🙂 thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Sorryless April 26, 2020 at 11:11 AM #

    Love the sign, how funny is that?!

    And the crayon muffins, I mean . . you just can’t go wrong with that kind of recycling program if you ask me.

    • The Guat April 26, 2020 at 10:28 PM #

      Dude that sign cracked me up! My friend sent it to me along with others. Apparently this restaurant in Austin does it and they are funny. If I drove by and saw that I’d be cracking up 🙂 those crayons … man my daughter was loving the magic we did with those old broken crayons. It was sweet.

      • Sorryless April 27, 2020 at 3:03 PM #

        You are super mama, no doubt about it.

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