I saw this picture on Facebook and laughed. These days if a mother did that, well, can you say Division of Child and Family Services?
What parent hasn’t had that thought run through their brain at least once (or 3,000 times)? Even as a mother of an only child I can say with absolute certainty, I have and at least once a day. That is usually when I have just carved out 10 whole minutes to myself, or so I thought.
You know the drill. The image staring back at you in the mirror is a reminder to make that waxing appointment soon or you will have an official uni-brow. The doctor said after your last physical 6 months ago to come back in a month for a follow-up. Your best friend has started to think you lost her phone number as you haven’t called her back the last 4 times she called.
You just need 5 minutes to yourself.
So, why is this not okay to do? Yeah yeah, I know, they could wiggle the clothes-pins loose and they would fall to the ground. And? It only hurts for a moment, right?
I have it, Mommy-Multitasking! Fully clothed baths then hang them on the clothes line! The clothes get dry and the kids stay clean for 5 whole minutes!
Me: Who is it?
Voice from other side of the door: Ma’am it is the police. Did you know there is a child hanging from your clothesline while singing the new Lady Gaga song? Your neighbors would like to know if he knows any Madonna, they prefer the original?
I make jokes, heck, my son doesn’t even like Lady Gaga!
Okay, so really, who would it hurt to get a few minutes of sanity in an otherwise hectic day? As long as I teach him how to carry a tune, even the neighbors won’t mind.