What wouldn't we do for our kids?
Life as a mama can indeed be a sacrificial life. As we carry our offspring, we may give up things to preserve the best environment for the growing babe (for me, it was hardest giving up wine and rigorous physical activity). Once the babes are born, we still give up the ease of going out for a date with friends or partner, we give up restful nights, we give up money that we would've otherwise spent on frivilous items for ourselves. So many times, we put the kids first and foremost, above and beyond the things we love, need, and want - oh-so badly.
The top things on my list of those crazy things I'll do for my kids:
- Not peeing. Sometimes I get so busy with life in the home - running around with the kids, running errands, cleaning up, making dinner, playing checkers, reading stories - that I defer peeing. Sometimes, I fear that I will cause permanent physical challenge. But, better to get that story read than relieve myself, right?
- Pooping on demand. My second girl went through a phase when she needed to be the one to flush the toilet after she peed or pooped. It was an assertion of independence. Once, by habit, I accidentally flushed her poop, and she was pissed. She threw a full out tantrum, in the middle of which, she told me, "I want poop back in the toilet!" I pulled my pants down and tried to poop for her. Alas, I couldn't do it. It was already afternoon.
- Not eating. There are some things they love to eat. Pad Thai is one of those things. For sure, two orders is way too much for us, so we will only get one order on that special occassion that we get Thai food. Maybe my love for pad thai has now just vanished. I forgo the desire, for I know how much they love to see those leftovers show up in their lunches the next day.
Spending hours at the mall. This is absolutely one of my most unfavorite things to do. Alas, Lloyd Center is home to the only ice skating rink in Portland's city limits. And, my first girl believes she is the next Michelle Kwan. So, I bring the paper, a pile of work, and my phone & charger. On one school in-service day, I spent eight hours at the mall, watching my girl and her friends go 'round and 'round and 'round. Definitely not my favorite place to hang.
We all do things we don't love, for the love of our children. I laugh about those things, and - in the end - that's all we can do. We make choices, and we wouldn't do these things if we couldn't live with ourselves. I know I'm not alone. I want to hear stories of crazy things you all do, all for the love of your kids.