You know what the biggest problem with having all of my kids in school for most of the day is?
Sure it’s lovely while they are gone. But then they come home.
They always come home.
And I am grateful for this– I really am. And I know I should be happy to hear all of their little voices after so many hours of silence.
But I am not. Because there is suddenly all this talking at the same time–where before there was just my voice, in my head (mostly). And the talking gets louder and louder so that one can be heard over the other. Until finally, there is much yelling. Accompanied by loud banging of cupboards and drawers being repeatedly open and shut in the frantic foraging for “something to eat.” Which is always followed by a collective moan of, “there is nothing to eat in this house” as three underpriveleged girls stare at a pantry barren of the Hostess products they so wish I would buy.
Then there is the fighting. Oh, the fighting. Which magically disappears when they are gone. And is never missed. Which is followed by more yelling. Yelling of things like, “WILL YOU PLEASE JUST SIT DOWN AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK?” (That one is me).
The whole thing reminds me of the time my last baby was born and I brought her home after spending two days in the hospital where the only sounds I heard were the beeps of hospital thingermagigs and the soft voices of nurses as they woke me to push on my stomach in an attempt to get my uterus back to its old un-stretched-out-to-smithereens self. And I should have taken the opportunity to ask them, “but what of my bladder? Will it ever be the same?”
Now– of course– I know their answer. I knew it the first time I couldn’t make it more than one hour in the car without needing a potty break.
But even then I knew what the answer would be if I asked if my boobs would ever be normal again: Only with a good doctor and a lot of money.
But I digress.
When I got home with that sweet baby who only cried occassionally– and didn’t talk or yell at all– we were greeted by two excited little girls with excited little voices who wanted to climb on me and jump on the couch where I sat with the baby wondering how they had gotten so much louder in only two day’s time. Every word they said bounced from one side of my head to the other, until my head was so full of words and noises bouncing and bumping into each other that I thought it would explode. And I begged my husband to take me back to the hospital and convince them I hadn’t really checked out.
Turns out I had a spinal headache from the epidural, but at the time I thought it was from my kids. After a few days the pounding stopped.
But the loud?
That’s only gotten worse.