Remember when I said that vacationing with 2 kids is 25% fun and 75% hard work? Well, I think it holds true for parenting in general. Of course, the fun is BIG FUN, so I guess that makes up for the hard work, right? But when you’re in the throws of, say, the above picture, boarding school doesn’t sound half bad. Or if you’re getting the newspaper on a Sunday morning and your toddler takes off running down the street laughing manically while you shout and sprint after her, bra-less and in ratty pajamas. One minute of time-out per year is just not enough. Or how about the constant whining? Or the dawdling? Dear god, the dawdling. How is it that she can run so fast and yet take 30 minutes climbing into her car seat? As I’m typing this I’m having visions of running into her room with duct tape because the screaming is keeping Graham awake.
But then she is also sweet and hilarious and says the most amazing things. And then I can’t remember why I’m so angry that no one told me how hard this parenting thing was going to be.