“Sometimes motherhood can be a lot. Sometimes marriage can be a lot. Sometimes a career can be a lot. And sometimes? Sometimes it just feels like a lot all at once.”
He was understandably frustrated. It doesn’t mean we don’t love our babies. It doesn’t mean we aren’t over-the-moon to welcome a new life into the world. Perhaps that new mom is zoning out to a Netflix episode to balance the overwhelming feeling of being a new mom. It shouldn’t matter.
“He turned toward me. Huffily, he said, ‘I’m sorry. I’m just really tired, and I have a terrible headache.’ This man was still ill-mannered and grumpy as hell, mind you, but at least he let me know why. He became human. He folded his sign and took the several steps to my window. The light was about to turn green.”
“I had an argument with my teenage daughter. Through her tears, she said the one thing I have been dreading. I knew it was coming, but when she said it, it still took me to my knees. I was speechless. But you know what? She’s right. She is absolutely right. It’s not the same after her father’s death.”
“The seemingly nice fella told a fib to the reporting officer. I quickly corrected that nonsense. I’m not mad at him, just peeved he lied to begin with. He seemed distressed and kept apologizing, thanked me and drove off. Then guess who carried the guilt home? I did.”
“We are running to doctors to treat urinary tract infections because they held their pee all day, so they didn’t have to use the bathroom in which they feel unsafe. They just want to live. And we just want them to live.”
“Dad looks up and says, ‘I lost my patience with your mom.’ I tell him he is carrying a load none of us can imagine and frustration is going to happen sometimes.”
“It’s the kind of overwhelmed that makes me want to sit and do nothing because I have no idea where to even start.”