He walks into the kitchen to relieve me and starts packing our lunches. My shower takes about 97 seconds. I do a quick prayer and hurtle back into the kitchen. By now, my brain is automatically divided into four parts. Only the smallest part has the luxury of thinking about my activities. The other three chunks are assigned to monitoring what Dear hubby and the two girls are doing respectively, with the largest two chunks divided between equally between the girls. Magically, I also seem to develop eyes at the back and sides of my head.
When I holler at my youngest daughter to move away from the mirror because she has been there too long, she eyes me suspiciously to see if I am hiding some unknown monster powers that can see through opaque walls in the kitchen. I am now clocking them by the second. Every 13 seconds or so, I yell out an instruction, "get your bags out," "wear your socks," "get the shoes!!! Now, even the kids are aware that they in the "highly sensitive time zone. What seems to be super-fast to them is excruciatingly slow for us! Which means, we have to resist the urge to wrench everything from their hands and do it ourselves to save on time.
We have about 20 minutes left to leave the house.
All of us have breakfast at the same time, no, no -- not with us sitting around the table eating our own stuff happily, occasionally asking to pass the salt. Instead, ours is like this: Hubby and I are gulping down spoonfuls of our breakfast in between feeding the two girls.go to site
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How they can forget to chew stuff that's in their mouth is still beyond us, so we just stick to doing what we can: urge them to swallow what's in their mouth. OK, now chew. Gulp it! My little girl has just discovered that her diary is missing from her school bag which she insists was intact till she went to bed. Another work of the Gods? Or Demons? Her sister, meanwhile has been suddenly enlightened with the memory of a science project that requires leaves from 10 different trees.
Ten, no less! I take one final passing glimpse of myself in the mirror. I look like a well-managed wreck. I dangle my footwear, pick up the keys and make a dash down the stairs. The girls are still babbling away. Hubby looks well-fed and irresistible, his boyish charm accentuated by his serious office attire.
I note with a sense of pride that I have one hell of a crazy, but happy family. Real Life. Real News.
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