Are you a Chaos Coordinator? Do you wake up exhausted, immediately in the throes of the daily grind?
Your feet hit the floor of the proverbial hamster wheel and from there you’re off to the races. You likely wake up your cranky kids, make breakfast, pack lunches and hustle the kids out the door to the bus stop. Then, you clean up the breakfast mess and do the dishes from last night. You consider tackling the mountain of laundry waiting for you, but the thought of it is just too overwhelming.
Meanwhile, you attempt to memorize your grocery list because you can’t find a pen that works in the junk drawer that now only opens halfway.
You make it to the grocery store and back home (realizing you never put on a bra). Somehow you spent $125 and forgot half the things you actually needed. Luckily, you have just enough items for tonight’s dinner which you’re already dreading because you know your eight-year-old is going to complain about it.
You really need a shower and ugh, it’s a hair-washing day, but you convince yourself that you’ll do it after you work out “later.”
Instead, you pour a cup of coffee and curl up on the couch to catch up on social media. It’s not even 10am but you deserve a break!
After a while, you glance at the clock and wonder how it’s possible that you’ve wasted an hour scrolling through Instagram. That’s when you realize you’re starving. Thinking about food reminds you that you have a meeting for the School Healthy Eating Committee today and it starts in, shoot, 20 minutes!
You race to your closet, remembering the bra this time, pull yourself together as best you can, dash out the door and hit McBurger Joint on the way making a mental note to hide the evidence before entering the “Healthy Eating” meeting. You promise yourself it’s just this once and swear you’re never going to eat there again.
You return home after the meeting with a stomach ache, regretting that you signed on for way too much at the meeting and retreat to the couch for a nap.
You wake to your kids coming home from school and it occurs to you that you still haven’t worked out . . . you’ll do it “later.”
You greet them with a smile and they lay into you, complaining because everyone else gets dessert in their lunch and you’re the only mom who doesn’t pack a treat. It’s not fair! You offer the plate of baby carrots you poured out of the bag and in return get a laser beam glare that burns right through you.
“What’s for dinner?” “That chicken dish you like.” “I don’t want that. I want pizza.” You look at the clock to see if it’s too early for a glass of wine. You prep dinner, make dinner, feed your family, leave a pile of dishes in the sink and have to ask your kids five times to get their shoes on because it’s time for the evening bustle.
You get them all in the minivan, make a mental note that you need gas (you gave up on the carwash a long time ago) and haul them all over town to their various activities.
Three hours later, you return home and your beloved firstborn announces he has a project due tomorrow requiring you to make an emergency run to Staples for poster board and more glue because yours is all dried up.
You race out again then hustle home to get the rest of the kids moving toward bed-time: showers, books, deep filibustering thoughts, one more drink of water – all the nightly antics.
Finally, they are all asleep. It’s 9:30pm.
You pour that much-needed glass of wine you’ve been dreaming about since 4 o’clock and sit down on your couch next to that other adult who lives in your house (your spouse).
You fall asleep watching TV and wake up (still on the couch) at 3 am cursing yourself for not going to bed at a reasonable time.
You skip washing your face because it’s practically morning now and you’ll do it “later,” after your work-out. Four hours wiz by, your alarm blares and you wake to do it all over again.
If ANY of this resonates with you, you are a bonafide chaos coordinator and YOU NEED GRACE IN THE RACE!
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