Actions speak louder

IMG_0301I say “I love you,” to my kids so often I’m sure they don’t hear it anymore. Well, to be honest, they don’t hear much of what I say these days. I can give a direction five times before anyone even acknowledges it.

But I persevere. I’m a doer, so I’m convinced that the little things I do will cut through the fog and instill themselves as some kind of ghost memory of my love in the minds of my kids.

Am I dreaming? Maybe. But if you think about all the annoying things you do just because you love your kids it gets to be a pretty long list.

No one who didn’t love you would do this:

  • Cut up a mango. It’s a giant pain.
  • Go to Chuck E. Cheese or one of its for-the-younger-set counterparts.
  • Change a diaper. Any diaper.
  • Use $10 in gas so you can go to a job that will pay you $40.
  • Invite a friend to be the 6th at dinner when I only made enough food for five.
  • Host a sleepover with more than two children at it.
  • Let you eat in the car.
  • And while we’re at it, prepare a homemade meal whose primary asset is that it was designed to be eaten in the car…
  • …but skip dinner myself to drive you to your activity.
  • Watch The Teletubbies while sober.
  • Drive you to school in my pajamas.
  • Pay your phone bill.
  • Volunteer at a school event that requires me to produce an attractive and educational display…
  • …or carve a map of Africa out of a pan of brownies.
  • Spend the afternoon in a wet bathing suit.
  • Play the same children’s CD in the car, every day, for a year.
  • Make a 5-hour round-trip for the sole purpose of adopting a stray cat.

I could probably stay at this list all day. But I need to go drive some people around.

What’s the most annoying thing you do for your kids?

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11 thoughts on “Actions speak louder

  1. Listen to everything Pokemon, Adventure Time (which I secretly like so we can’t tell them), and Bey Blade related. The combinations, moves, countermoves, damage and attacks? I have to remember I’m quizzed daily.


    1. Oh, Barbies. No doubt! I don’t know when parenting rules started requiring us to play Barbies with our kids. I can tell you how many times my own mother played Barbies: none. And I don’t fault her one bit.


  2. This had me laughing right away. As a single mom of five boys, I identify with WAY too many of the things on your list. That eating in the car thing – one time I found an egg salad sandwich under the seat – couldn’t tell you how long it’d been there!

    Most annoying thing I do for my kids? I’d say fold socks, but I rarely do that anymore and they don’t mind wearing whatever they pull out of the many laundry baskets full of clean, mismatched socks we keep (for some reason) in our living room so that can’t be it. I guess maybe it’s holding myself in check after I’ve spent a full day grocery shopping only to have them tell me, “There’s never anything good to eat in this house.” – Ohhhhh the patience that requires!!! 😉


    1. Ewww…we had an orphaned sandwich in our car for a while, but fortunately, it wasn’t egg salad. (By the way, we keep our laundry in the living room, too. I’ve grown to like it as a conversation starter.)


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