It’s Thanksgiving, and the kids are napping. We have most of the cooking done for dinner, the house is cleaned up, and as I’m going through some emails, I have on the “World’s Strictest Parents“. It’s a reality show where 2 unruly teens from different families spend a week with a ‘strict’ family, in the hopes that they can make the kids see the errors of their ways and learn to be more respectful and responsible. (I am taking notes, but hoping I never have to take these measures!)
One of the teens in the last episode made a comment about how he wasn’t sure he was going to finish high school , because it was ‘really hard.’ My first reaction was to laugh.. (“yeah, kid, I’ll show you what’s hard”), but then I realized, I used to think so too when I was in it. High school was hard, then college was hard, then living on my own and paying my own bills was hard. Then marriage… oh yeah, that’s hard too. And now, not only being a mom, but being a mom to TWO YEAR OLD triplets.. “hard” doesn’t even cover it.
I’m starting to see that every stage of life seems to be getting harder than the last. But along with the “hard”, comes great rewards. The reward for doing endless loads of laundry, dishes, cleaning is children that are clean, fed, and clothed. The reward for dealing with the whining and crying, is listening to my kids giggle at each other, and run around the house holding hands and laughing. The reward for the lack of sleep, is that when I finally go to bed at the end of the night, I know that I have been lucky to have had another day with three of the most amazing little people on the planet. And for that, I am thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.