"Moma?" S2 asked as I drove he and his brothers to school, "What do you do all day when you are home and we are at school?'
I didn't answer for a moment.
Then I said, "Well, I make dinner, wash clothes and clean the house so you can all come home and eat all the food, give me more dirty laundry and mess up the house so I get to do it all over again tomorrow." I gave him a grin.
He grinned back. "Oh."
S4 quipped up from behind me, "Moma, we like to play with our toys because we can't play at school much so thanks for letting me play trains and blocks."
"No problem," I answered him.
I thought of that a lot as I cleaned the house. I scrubbed the tub, no one will notice. I spent way too long cleaning the toilet, under the toilet, the cracks of the toilet. They'll never notice. I wrote our schedule on the newly washed mirror as I always do...before the end of the night the boys will write all over the mirror - smiley faces on days they like the "to do"'s of, silly messages to Daddy or pictures and no one will notice the sparkle it has right now.
I forgot my coffee on the counter as I cleaned and warmed it up a bit in the microwave. I scrubbed even the top of it yesterday and not a soul knows but me.
When the boys get home, I will still have piles of laundry. Although I mopped, the floor will be littered with dirt, pine needles and dog hair. There will be clutter everywhere. I'll have the dishwasher full of dirty dishes and will be tired.
They'll wonder what I did all day long.
Isn't that life though? I'd rather show them all how much I love them in the little things they may never notice....I think of them as I scrub and put away and sweep and mop and wipe down.
It's a thankless job.
And one I would never trade. Not for a moment.
Even if, every once in a while, it feels I am forgotten. Invisible. Misunderstood.
It's the life of a mom.
And I'm ever so thankful it's my life.
My husband, my boys, how I love them so.
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