Quick Takes #25: Home Alone edition

So this week I have been without my hubby since he was away for work. I’ve been pushing my introvert self out of the box a little bit and leaving the house! These are some of the adventures I’ve had with the girls this week.
While waiting in line at the Dollar Store checkout, Ms Drama was whining loudly in the wagon because she wanted to hold the package of candy bracelets we were buying. The older woman in line behind us pointed at the happy Ms Pooky on the opposite end of the wagon and said in a slightly accented voice “she is the best one.” Not sure how to respond to that, I replied “She’s a happy one! Everything is an adventure when your 1 year old.” The older woman shook her finger at Ms Drama and said “SHE is spoiled!” Trying to make light of her criticism I replied “Oh I think it’s the age, all 2 year olds are a bit spoiled.” The old lady snorted and replied sourly “no”.
Well, OK then.
The garbage was put out carelessly by my husband before he left blown over by the wind and I had to pick up the garbage off of our front yard all by myself. Including chicken bones that were swarming with flies and wasps, which was pretty terrifying. But I just couldn’t bear the thought of someones dog eating them and getting sick.
While driving in the car, Ms Action informed me that she was no longer a girl, she was now a kitty. Ms Drama chimed in eagerly saying that she was a puppy. So I asked what the rest of us were, and it started out nicely enough. Daddy was now a tiger, and Ms Pooky was dubbed a monkey. Mommy? An elephant. Thanks kids.
At the park the girls played happily with several little boys very close in age. The one that was about the same age as Ms Action, followed her around telling her that she was “too little to do that” and “sorry you are not big enough” every time she tried to do anything. She kept replying that she was not little, because she did not wear diapers any more. He was not convinced, and continued to explain all the reasons she was to little to do anything, and how someday when he gets bigger and has a DS she will not be allowed to borrow it because she is to little. I could see her start to doubt her bigness when faced with the repeated message of littleness, and eventually she came over to me and asked if she was big. I told her that she was “big enough” and she happily ran back to continue playing, and stood up for herself every time she was labeled little by replying confidently that she was “bigger enough”. I almost died from the cuteness.
I managed to keep up relatively well with the housework, but all that extra stuff I was planning on doing while hubby was away? (Because, you know. I’d have tons of time without him around to distract me) Yeah, none of it happened. I was so wiped out at the end of the day of 18 hours of non-stop single parenting, the most I could manage was to watch something brainless on TV or poke around the blog world before I collapsed in bed. I had no idea how inspiring my hubby can be.
I wasn’t feeling the greatest after a long day in the sun, but when we went through the drive-through, I thought I should get something anyways. Driving away I was already regretting paying for the sandwich that I was only going to force myself to eat. At the very next corner was a young (college aged?) man with a sign that said “broke and hungry, please help.” I was able to hand him the still hot sandwich and after he thanked me he immediately unwrapped it and began taking huge bites out of it as he walked away. I was glad I’d bought that sandwich after all.
A reader contacted me a bit ago and asked if I would be interested in some books. This week I received 2 devotional books in the mail. There was something awe-inspiring about unwrapping a package of books that have strengthened and encouraged another young mom in the past.
These books have places they fall open to on their own. The have underlined sentences and little notes scribbled in the margins.
 I was encouraged just holding them in my hands and looking at them. Thank you so much for sending them to me Wendy! I am looking forward to reading them.
Bonus: I’ve killed 3 bugs all by myself this week (although I was to afraid of the giant quarter sized moth in my house last night to get him, hopefully my hubby can snag the mammoth tonight), and helped Ms Pooky’s bloody nose stop bleeding. I posted on my past and nobody laughed or told me that I was silly for having any issues. And I made chocolate-chip cookies. I feel superhuman! At least I will after I sneak another one of those cookies.
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13240230832660127316 Michelle

    I hated it when my mom said I "sneaked" food all the time as a kid. I have banned that term in my house! If you live there you are NOT sneaking a cookie! Please, have a cookie! (have one for me, too…they sound heavenly!!!)

    Ok…sorry about that! But after reading your post yesterday and identifying with your food/weight struggles…I thought I'd point out that as an adult…as a mom…as a human being…it's not SNEAKING food!!! :)

    And I love your takes today! Absolutely LOVED the part about the little boy in the park and your little girl! I always tell my kids they are "big enough" for whatever. At the park, I do say that if they want to climb high…they have to do the work. I don't lift them up on things. If they can't get up on their own, they likely shouldn't be up there… ;)

    Your post just made me so happy today. Have a great weekend!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13240230832660127316 Michelle

    Oh…one more! That woman in Quick Take 1….there are those around every once in awhile. Sourpuss, sounds like. Shake it off. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08553760391176072177 Joy

    Congrats on soloing for the week!!
    #4: Love it!!
    #6: What a great testimony to what can happen if we stay open to the world.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08863579550620358675 Jill

    Glad you survived your week. Enjoy having your hubby home. And enjoy those chocolate chip cookies and that "bigger enough" girl and her sisters!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07363886412589745900 That Married Couple

    Wonderful quick takes! I love all of your stores!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01659200420621854710 Maggie

    Sounds like you are keeping busy! I can't believe how rude some people can be (in regards to your quick take #1) I just don't get it.

    I love your #6! God bless you!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14441368513494466628 Emily

    I have read Breathe. I liked it!

    THREE bugs!! You are superwoman!! :) I very much dislike the task of bug killing.

    Seriously!! I think you handled the dollar store lady with excellent grace! Wow.

    An elephant!! HA!! I hear they have excellent memories!

    I am glad you bought the sandwich too. It's great to be able to serve someone so randomly, huh?!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13674332089949439989 Young Mom

    Michelle- Thanks for spotting that! :) Thats probably an old tape still stuck in my head. I don't sneak food, I enjoy it!

    Emily- They were wolf spiders too! I usually cover them with a cup and wait for my hubby to come home and kill them!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02269415067329919166 Natalie

    Don't you love when random strangers give their two cents…especially when you don't ask for it?! I agree with you – all 2 year olds are a bit spoiled…or act like it anyways!

    And the trash thing? Happened to me last week. Hubby makes me so mad sometimes!