In a post I wrote for the website, Technorati.com (A Mom’s Letter to Santa), I discussed what I wanted Santa to bring me. I listed real things (“a sick day once in a while”) and fantasy items (“a free in-house masseuse”). Here’s what I did, in fact, receive and some of what I learned over the recent holiday break.
What I was given:
1) A Bluetooth device for my phone so I don’t need to pull over to get a phone call. That, plus the free program, DriveSafe.ly, that I downloaded from Blackberry World has really helped me be hands-free while I chauffer the wee folk all over town. DriveSafe.ly reads email and text messages to me so I’m not tempted to take a quick peek while stopped at a traffic light (a traffic ticket-able offense).
2) A home-made coupon from my husband good for one night out sans kids and even him. I won’t do anything fancy. I’ll probably wind up having coffee at Barnes and Noble. It doesn’t matter. The man values my sanity.
3) Some nifty battery-operated candles which you can actually blow out like real candles. Now I can have all the glow of fire without worrying the cat will get too close and become a walking bonfire.
What I learned over the break was more interesting:
1) I can never homeschool. As much as I cherish my kids, I don’t have the discipline nor the patience to have them home ALL the time. They need the stimulation of teachers and friends while I need peace and the ability to get things done without being interrupted by a barrage of imploring “Mom” calls every five seconds.
2) Sleepovers should never last past 24 hours. The guest, no matter how sweet and cooperative, begins to get on the nerves of his host and his host’s parents. You want the visit to end with all involved wanting more, not wishing for less.
3) Sometimes ignorance is good for you. The family was blissfully unaware that my killer lasagna contained, among the regular ingredients, tofu, flax seeds, wheat germ, and pureed spinach.
4) I have a mild to moderate addiction to my cellphone which prevented me from giving my children as much attention as they deserved (they held an intervention for me). I understand from my kids that I’m recovering nicely.
5) Everyone wants to help you put up the Christmas tree, but they scamper when it’s time to take it down. Kinda like baking cookies: everyone wants to bake, but no one wants to clean up afterwards.
6) Buying cats holiday presents is a waste of money. Mine had more fun with wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbon. Talk about recycling.
7) The Holidays are fun, but it’s fortunate they only come once a year. It takes January and February to recover.
Thanks for the presents, Santa. But next year, maybe you stay here and I’ll travel the world delivering presents. Oh, and be careful schlepping the tree into the attic.
This is an original post for Jersey Moms Blog by MomsCrayon, a New Jersey mom. You can also find her at MomsCrayon.
Photo credit given to Lily’s Pampering Salon.