It is a picture-perfect summer day in New England -- low-80's, not too humid, something to be seized and relished -- and, if I were a good Mom, I would...
-- load up a backpack and take my little men out for a walk in a woods,
-- hop on a Boston-bound train for some urban exploration,
-- ride bikes around our lovely neighborhood,
-- swing by a local playground,
-- or, at the very least, go to our little local beach club.
But I am NOT a good Mom, at least not today!
Today I am a lazy, slacker, good-for-nothin' Mom!
I cannot muster up the motivationed to do ANYTHING a self-respecting stay-at-home Mom would be off doing with her adorable and deserving munchkins on a glorious summer day!
All I want to do is lay on the couch, enjoying the gentle summer breeze coming through the once again open windows, reading a trashy novel or gossipy rag-mag, or watching a marathon of cooking and travel shows.
Ok, so what I REALLY want to do is take a nap!
I am seriously longing for those not-so-long-ago days when I could cajole & connive my boys into laying down for a little "storytime"...aha, hoodwinked again my little ones! And I would win myself an hour, sometimes two, of blissful mid-day tranquility.
Instead, I've been doing battle with my barons of boredom. The Wii was shut down after 15 minutes of screechy squabbling. The air hockey game ended in tears.
"We are SO bored!"
They have no fun toys. Their board games are boring. Not even the threat toy trashing has gotten them playing.
"Why can't I go to ---'s house?"
"Can --- come over?"
I'm a so jealous when other Mom's happily chirp about their blissful morning, their children playing happily in the playroom for three straight hours.
I know if I turn on the TV all will be quiet. I know if I get my ass up off this couch and bring them somewhere they will be briefly appeased. But the more they rail against my "find your fun at home" stance, the more entrenched I become.
What's the point of all the toys, games, books & craft supplies if all they want is beyond the walls of our abode?
Boyz...bored, bored, bored.
Mommy...guilty, lazy, good-for-nothin' and totally frustrated.
What a glorious day in the 'burbs!