Cirque du Today: Highs and Lows

Cirque du Today4 Comments

Today I actually dared to bring two four-year-olds with me to do some clothes shopping for myself at Target – something I obviously rarely do, as evidenced by my threadbare clothing complete with knee and elbow patches.  While I am doing 180s in front of the mirror, trying to get the full visual of my sizable ass in skinny jeans, Jagger and Balboa Jr. are tackling each other, crawling all over the filthy floor, exclaiming about my nakedness, asking me why my underpants consist of a string going up my bum-bum – and all sorts of other shenanigans that result in lots of Mean, Nasty, Impatient Mommy Moments. I didn’t buy the jeans, in case you were wondering.

So tonight, I am still grumpy and nursing a headache, and we are sitting around the dinner table. To deflect the traditional complaining, crying, and musical chairing that goes on at dinnertime, we try to go around the table and ask each person what their “best” and “worst” parts of the day were. When we get to Jagger, he says, “Mommy was the best part of my day.” (Ahhh, all the petty frustrations seem to melt away. What is WRONG with me? I’m such a Debbie Downer. I have the best, sweetest, most well-behaved kids in the whole world). My internal monologue is bragging along in this fashion until I hear Todd ask Jagger what the worst part of his day was. His answer without hesitation? “Mommy.”

Cirque du Today: Highs and Lows

4 Comments on “Cirque du Today: Highs and Lows”

  1. Shell

    Oh Zach, such a wise little soul. This was great, we played “highs and lows” for years when my kids were growing up. A wonderful tradition!!

  2. Samantha

    I can’t imagine trying to wrangle 2 kids in a dressing room AND try stuff on. Also, I hate having to explain my lingerie to my son. Awkward. We do “something high, something low, something you didn’t know.” That crap isn’t always fun.

    1. Ashley

      I like that, Samantha – so much so that I tried it tonight (adding in the something you didn’t know part). It really helped open up the conversation more – thank you! Thanks for reading, as always, friend!

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