The Happyish Homestead

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Pep Talk

Does it really take 30 min. every morning to shower and get ready?

No, no it doesn't.

It does take 10 min. to shower and get ready and 20 min. to sit in the shower letting the hot water run over me and give myself a pep talk.

"You can do this. You're going to get yourself ready and you're going to go parent.

"You're going to be calm, loving and patient. But most of all patient. Never mind the fact that you've never been patient or even claimed to be patient. You can change, because you are great.

"You want to know how I know you're great? Remember that one time, your sophomore year of college in your biology class? You were sitting next to your friend who was a pizza delivery guy and he bet you pizza for you and all of your roommates, six at the time, that you wouldn't ask the teacher why it is that sometimes 'guys shoot blanks'? Sound familiar? And then you, yes you, you less-than-average attractive female, raised your confident hand and asked the teacher. And the most impressive part, you didn't even smile. Magic, I tell you.

"You're going to go out there and ignore the fact that your two children have been fighting over one of three magna doodles for the past two days.

"You're going to ignore the fact, that indeed, every time you wake up to feed Spencer in the middle of the night that Bryce is obviously on your side of the bed, having crossed that imaginary line that is more important than the equator.

"You're a confident 20-something female with an eye for a good deal and you're going to conquer or die trying, hoping it's not the latter.

"And, Katie, it's OK if you put your girl's hair in pigtails if you think it will increase your patience because they're just that much cuter.

"And one other thing, if you happen to be driving behind someone going substantially under the speed limit, you're not going to cuss at them in your head. It's juvenile and it needs to stop.

"Now go get 'em."


  1. So, I still tell that legendary story of our biology class. You didn't smile, but I do think I remember some blushing - by both you and the weird-o professor ;) You are fabulous and great! Have a wonderful day. (and thanks for getting us free pizza!)

  2. Umm... Yes. Can I admit that there are days I take more than one shower just for the pep talk? And, in addition to multiple showers, some days I just sit in the bathroom for a really long time because I have to psych myself up for going back out and facing my kiddos. (Yes, there have been many of those days recently)

  3. I'm glad I'm not the only one who gives myself a pep-talk. Mine usually comes tho, as I'm still laying in bed in the morning...motivating myself to get out of bed, and to try to be a nice mommy. (This happens, because I never know what the day will bring, or not bring...which could mean, no shower.) :)

  4. Love it. Honest and sweet. I'm not of fan of "I have it all together" Mothers. LOL (maybe because I'm not one of them) :) I say to myself all the is what it is.

    Have a good day!



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