i was awakened last night by the noise of my adorable five-year old daughter practicing her linda blair impersonation for halloween. i stumbled into her room to find her head spinning around and the ravioli she'd enjoyed at dinner spewing from her tiny lips.
i quickly threw off my pajamas and donned my supermom cape (and tights) to swoop in and save the day...or, um, night. i deftly maneuvered the landmines surrounding her bed, plucked her from the mucky mattress and within mere minutes had her stripped down, cleaned up and re-jammied. as luck would have it (hers, not mine) my bed was otherwise unoccupied last night, so i laid her now feverish head gently onto a pillow and began haz-mat cleanup of the toxic waste.
Soon i too was re-jammied, cape safely tucked under my pillow for quick access; we slept.
The morning came like any other...after hitting the snooze alarm thrice, as is my usual routine, i awakened daughter2, who would have to speed-dress in order to catch a ride to school with the neighbor, as i happen to know she actually leaves the house on time (
i found the great porcelain beast gushing like niagara falls. i reached under the spray and turned off the water valve as i called for help from daughter2: "run to the laundry room and grab me as many towels as you can." for a split second i mourned the freshly-folded towels sitting in a basket on the washer, as i knew daughter2, famous for her laziness and general apathy, would grab the first thing she saw. i took the armload of towels from her as she waded into the bathroom. "good job!" i praised her, she brought a good bounty. i tossed out the towels, unfurling them across the sea of sewage as something caught my eye flying from the fabric... what was it? ... ah, half-digested pasta... she indeed had grabbed the first towels she saw, those laying in a heap in front of the washer...ravioli towels.
now along with the flood, i had tiny pieces of vomit to pick out of the corners of the soaked baseboards...and also discover squished into the wood floor and between my toes (tights didn't make it this far).
As i worked in the bathroom, hauling heavy-soaked towels from floor to tub, a surge of self-pity welled up inside of me, trying to penetrate the steel-belted awesomeness of supermom.
my eyes taunted to betray me, the blurry sure-sting of tears threatened to break me. but i refused to surrender to helplessness.
i chanted my mantra:
you can do this.
heroes don't cry (in front of the children).
put on your supermom underoos and save the day.
so i did.
daughter2 is off to school. tiny linda blair is sleeping soundly and i am writing to you as my washer rocks with the third load of soiled linens.