Sometimes the why did you have kids you don’t seem to want? question surfaces in response to one of these parenting rants. Here’s the answer to that; just because something sucks occasionally – doesn’t mean that you don’t love it. This sums up how I feel about parenting; when it sucks, it sucks. But when it doesn’t – it’s really pretty magical.
All those things that become silly stereotypes and seem a little exaggerated when read about or seen in a movie really do happen; I went to work with puke in my hair once. Another time, I actually fell asleep on the toilet when I got up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Do you know how tired you have to be to fall asleep on the toilet? Parenting is exhausting.
Also – kids are annoying. Everyone knows that – it’s not a big revelation. The constant, repetitive questions, the never-ending demands and the years of literally wiping someone else’s ass are pretty tedious. But at the risk of sounding cheesy all of that really melts away at the end of the day because you have this being that you love so much you just can’t stand it. A mother and father’s love has got to be epic and almost unfathomable – because if it wasn’t – no kids would survive. By the time they were six months old we’d all be saying, heat up your own damn milk – I’m exhausted! You really need to start pulling your weight around here.
Somehow, the following commercial was able to encompass this whole idea brilliantly – in one minute: Parenting is so hard. It is also so unbelievably fantastic. I sort of hate that it’s a Coca Cola commercial because I feel like a total sucker for loving it. Oh well.