It’s just a bad day, not a bad life

Life is a wonderful adventure, but some days it sucks.

Today we had a crazy, full day.  Almost exactly the same kind that we always have.  With seven different personalities, interest and loads of things on the to-do list, it is inevitable that there will be clashes in schedules and general organised chaos.

Usually I handle the chaos with an iron fist like the supreme leader that I am, but if there is a hiccup in the system or a glitch in the matrix I can get completely derailed.  I do not like change and if you mess with my schedule I’m ready to loose my s…. calm and peaceful demeanor.

We had a power failure today.  For four hours.  This means that the four hours I usually spend working while the kids are in school was spent with general hand wringing and gnashing of teeth.  Mr. Blue left early this morning for a business trip so there was no help with the school run or afternoon activities.  Usually he drops the kids off in the morning, but today I had to do the school run.  After school there was scouts, art classes and Hiphop.  Test and bucketsful of homework.  Even though the older kids can work on their own, you still have to help.

I was stressed and not happy at all and if mama ain’t happy, nobodies happy.  I had no plans for supper and had to sit and help with homework in the car in front of the dance studio while we were waiting for Gamerboy.  (He is concurring the world this year through HipHop.)

Not an ideal situation.   I was moaning and irritated and then Bubbles had these wise words to share.  She said: ‘Mom, sometimes you just have to go where the river takes you.’   Little Mouse had to chip in and said:  “No, you don’t.  You have to follow your heart.”

When did my little monkeys turn into these wise little owls?

Today the river took me to choas, but sometimes you have to say ‘whatever’ and go with the flow.  Even if I have to stuff my inner Iron Lady in a closet and lock her in.  You cannot always control everything and my children know this.  This made me so proud.

My life may look like chaos from the outside, there may be clutter everywhere and tonight the monkeys are eating junk food, but my kids are teaching me you cannot control everything, and that’s ok.

Not a bad life

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150 replies
  1. Single Mother Ahoy
    Single Mother Ahoy says:

    I love this post. I get a bit unnerved when my plans go out the window too; last week my daughter was ill and off nursery on the one day of the week I had set aside to do loads of work! You’re right though – deep breath and say “whatever” is the only way to cope!
    Thanks for linking up with the #WeekendBlogHop!

  2. Christine
    Christine says:

    This is such a great post! Its so great that you just looked that you had a bad life, you just had a bad day. We all run into one of those every once in a while. I wish everyone took this into consideration. People just have to remember someone else has it worse than you do. Just move along and don’t dwell. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kim @ 2justByou
    Kim @ 2justByou says:

    It took me a REALLY long time to be OK with chaos. Sometimes it still gets to me and overwhelms me. Other times I can deal with it just fine. No matter what, it’s good to remember that – like you said – “it’s just a bad day, not a bad life.”

    Great post!
    ~ Kim
    from MB Circle of Friends (we’re in the same group!)

  4. Mariet
    Mariet says:

    I love the #WeekendBlogHop. Hope your daughter is feeling better. You would think that I’m use to the chaos by now. I’m practicing saying ‘whatever’, but still struggle.

  5. Mariet
    Mariet says:

    Thank you for stopping by. I’m trying to let go a bit more. It helps to take a step back, breathe and not take things so seriously.

  6. Mariet
    Mariet says:

    Hallo Kim
    As you can see I’m trying to get a handle on the beginning of the year chaos. Hopefully things will settle into a routine and then I can concentrate on my MB Friends. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  7. Mariska du Plessis
    Mariska du Plessis says:

    Ai Mariet, The joys (??!!) of motherhood. Maar ek verruil dit vir niks in die wêreld nie!!

  8. Regan
    Regan says:

    LOVE THIS! So reassuring to see that everyone has days like these. It’s all in how you deal with it. Your “wise little owls” are absolutely right. Enjoy today!

  9. Kim
    Kim says:

    With families as large as ours (I have five, living in this blender we call life, as well) you’d think the chaos would become old hat. It seems it will all fall apart if there isn’t order and I don’t think we get used to the fact that order is near to impossible. You just learn to live with it.. embrace it even.. but that means learning to just let it go. That’s hard, but I think it’s the only way to survive. There are days where I just plain forget and continue to try to fit a square peg into a round hole, and I spend the day surviving by hanging on by my fingernails. Hey, isn’t there a song that says something about letting go that we’ve heard about a million times in my house alone?! My favorite is when my children remind me.. of the need to just say “whatever”, not the song.. I could do without the reminder of the song! Sometimes, reminders from my monkeys is the fastest way to snap me out of it. It’s a two-fold reminder.. the best being the reminder that they have just as much to teach me, as I them. 🙂

  10. Barb @ A Life in Balance
    Barb @ A Life in Balance says:

    Wonderful post! I’m so glad I came over to read it. I’ve been struggling with feeling like a failure this week. My kids told me I wasn’t a failure and that I’ve done a lot of great things. That definitely helped!

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