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Monday, June 22, 2009

Got a Pulse? Apply Here.



I've been at this for a long time. In grade six I was a rookie; for sure. By the time I was twenty-four, having lived independently for some years and employed as a respite caregiver for disabled children, I'd like to think that I had already learned a thing or two and could be trusted to function reasonably well with people's children.

It was right about then that an overly involved, overly-attentive-to-details mother instructed me very specifically on how to cook macaroni and cheese straight out of the box.

I believe that my tongue may still carry the imprint of my teeth.

I'm forty-one now, and I've been working on raising four children of my own for almost fifteen years now. Simultaneously, I've wiped and fed a trillion or more of other people's children.

Recently, a mother showed me how to change her offsprig from sweatpants into shorts. That there was no zipper and that they simply slid off or on.

I wonder how I've managed all these years.

8 comments:

Karla said...

I've always wondered about that "sliding the pants on and off thing". Now I know who to ask.

jenn said...

oh my, that's funny.

Anonymous said...

I think chances of you having company for lunch today are quite good. We won't need our shorts or pants taken on or off. We're good with that. Stay strong.....you can do it.

Brandy said...

ya, that jenn can be pretty particular sometimes :P

Anonymous said...

I hear you. Remember that it is all about their anxiety and stress management and not that you are unqualified or unable. I find I have given ridiculous instructives when I later actually THINK about what I have done/said. Sometimes through the stress of it all(child-rearing etc) I have to forgive myself when I am an idiot and I KNOW that people are wondering how much of an idiot I am. Thankfully I sometimes see it to change it. Some, like me, I suppose need more grace...
VB

Leanne said...

Thanks for the laugh today :)

joyce said...

just imagine if I had NO internal filters. You might laugh until you cried....

coffeeloves said...

maybe she had just uncovered the secret herself...