What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered? - Bill Murray

Good morning and Happy Groundhog's Day!
Good morning and Happy Groundhog's Day!
Remember that movie with Bill Murray? Ever feel like that is YOUR life? I'm not just referring to the mundane redundancy that sometimes goes with motherhood, moreso the "haven't we had this conversation before?...like YESTERDAY?" kind of repetitiveness. I feel like I have to start out everyday with my kids with a review of "THIS is how we do things":
"Good morning, yes, you have school today."

"Yes, you have to take a shower."

"No, you cannot wear shorts. Why? Because it's still winter, ask me again in 4 months...or in your case, ask me again tomorrow."

"No, we do not have time for you to build a pillow fort before school. I know it's cool but no, I will NOT play in it later when you're gone"

"It's time for breakfast. Yes, you have to eat breakfast. No, you cannot have Skittles" (depends on the day...I choose my battles)

"Please put your dishes in the dishwasher. Why? Because that's where they go. Yes, I know dad doesn't do it, he's still in training too."

"Did you get stuff out for your lunch? No, you cannot have a diet coke with your lunch. No, I will not sign you out and take you to Subway instead"

And on, and on, and on; we finally get through the first 20 minutes of our morning with a verbal walkthrough of how we've gotten through the past 4, 762 mornings - you'd think SOMETHING would stick, anything. So then one day I had jokingly said out loud, more to myself than the troop of curtain-climbers who were standing before me with that deer-in-the-headlights "what's next" daze "Maybe I'll make myself a tshirt with the daily rules printed on it, and then you won't have to be reminded" To which my 7 year old - the leader of this not-so-brilliant pack replied "Well, most of us can't read so you'd end up telling us anyway" Good point pal. Who would've thought his little neurons would be firing that early in the day? This is the same kid that I sent upstairs to brush teeth and put on socks only to come downstairs 10 minutes later in shorts and a tool belt and carrying an expertly crafted Lego gun. "What about the socks and brushing teeth? Nevermind..." We just have to hope that there will come a day where we are not repeating ourselves over and over and over and over again...I'm not gonna lie to ya though, odds aren't good.

It's the same thing your whole life: "Clean up your room. Stand up straight. Pick up your feet. Take it like a man. Be nice to your sister. Don't mix beer and wine, ever." Oh yeah: "Don't drive on the railroad track." - Bill Murray (aka: Phil Connors) Groundhog Day


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