Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Should have posted it for Mother's Day. Every day is Mother's Day!

What Do You Do All Day?

A man came home from work and found his three
Children outside, still
In their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty
Food boxes and wrappers
Strewn all around the front yard.

The door of his wife's car was open, as was
The front door to the house
And there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding
Into the entry, he found
An even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked
Over, and the throw rug was
Wadded against one wall.

In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a
Cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys
And various items of clothing.

In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink,
Breakfast food was spilled on the
Counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog
Food was spilled on the floor,
a broken glass lay under the table, and a
Small pile of sand was spread
By the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over
Toys and more piles of
Clothes,looking for his wife. He was worried
She might be ill, or that
Something serious had happened.

He was met with a small trickle of water as it
Made its way out the bathroom door.

As he peered inside he found wet towels,
Scummy soap and more toys
Strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a
Heap and toothpaste had been
Smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife
Still curled up in the bed
In her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up
At him, smiled, and asked how his day went.
He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What
Happened here today?"

She again smiled and answered, "You know every
Day when you come home
From work and you ask me what in the world I do all

"Yes," was his incredulous reply.

She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it."

Have a great day!


  1. Love this! Too true. There was an episode of "according to Jim" that was just like this.

    1. I haven't seen that show yet, but I just love this! My kids have outgrown the getting into everything stage, but they still do things that make me shake my head...:)

  2. That's great! :)

    It bugs the hell out of me when people consider "Mom" or "Homemaker" to be a laid back, do nothing kind of life. Or not as time intensive and less stressful than an office job.

    I give a lot of credit to those can afford to have one of the parents at home to take care of the house and kids. I had a single mother because my dad wasn't around most of the time. And then he started a new family. So there wasn't a choice to have babysitters and such.

    But it's sad when people put grand houses, big cars, a "fancy" lifestyle over raising their own children. People wonder why there's a breakdown in family. Why should children stick close by to their parents when growing up their parents were never around and instead hired people to look after them? It seems like such an obvious explanation.

    Wow, my comment took a turn towards the serious side. Sorry about that, lol!

    1. Awesome response, because I whole-heartedly agree with you. I am so grateful to be able to stay home with my children. I am so blessed to be able to do it. And honestly, I wouldn't want it any other way. My mom was a single parent, three girls, and she started her own business so she could be with us, because when she wanted to have children, she wanted to be with them, not give them to somebody else to raise.
      I consider us being home with the kids on a weekend playing UNO or being in the yard together much more important than being able to take them to Disneyland every year.
      Thanks for you comment! :)

  3. I remember seeing this before and it is so true. Everyone thinks it so easy be a home engineer. lol

    1. Yeah it really isn't, plus of course the no vacation time or paid time off, or any time off really....:)

  4. Haha, this is great! I was worried at first, and thought it was going to be a sad story .. but then of course by the end, I was laughing. :)

    1. Haha, well just so you know Kenzie, I always post a warning with sad things.

  5. Hahah. I'm not a mother but I can see the truth in it. You ladies have a tough job for sure!!

  6. This is great Julia,

    I'm not a mother either, but I sure do appreciate that Mom's work very hard. It is a tough and tiring job ... and 24/7 to boot!


  7. HA! So cute, thanks for the smile:)

  8. Oh I love this! Anyone who has ever had a stay-at-home mom or spent a day with kids knows just how stressful that job is! I'd love to be lucky enough one day to stay at home with my kids.

  9. I love you sweety, and I really appreciate everything you do! :)


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