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Topic: DULL (05/12/17)
- TITLE: Roast Beef and Mashed Potatoes
By C. Roxanna Tineo
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After a quick shower I return downstairs and find my three year old and the baby still sitting quietly while my older three are busy loading the dishes, sweeping, and picking up around the house. “What is up with you guys? You are acting so strange! You are never this quiet! Is something wrong?”, I ask. “Nothing is wrong mom, we are just cleaning up after ourselves,” my daughter answers in a flat tone. I watch in amazement as they continue to do their chores without a further word to me or each other. The baby is still calmly sitting in his high chair, where I left him almost thirty minutes ago. I watch as my three year old moves from his chair to the living room to work on a puzzle. By this time of the day, he is usually at my heels, asking to go outside even though his teeth have yet to be brushed and he is still in his pajamas. “Lucas, time to brush your teeth and change!”, I say, dreading the battle of wills that I know is coming. To my surprise, he walks straight into the bathroom and looks at me as if saying “well, let’s get this done.” Later, I follow him back to the living room, wondering what has gotten into my child. Suddenly, I stop dead in my tracks, as I realize that the puzzle Lucas is working on has no picture on it but is merely a bunch of white pieces. Lucas, however, continues to play as if nothing is wrong with the puzzle but I feel like I’m going to be sick.
I decide to go to the porch to get some air, thinking I am surely going crazy now. I find that outside there are no birds singing, no flowers, no breeze. All is quiet, yet dreary. Worst of all, everything is colorless. “Something is very wrong God,” is all I manage to say. As I fall to my knees, ready to pass out, I remember my prayer from last night and begin to cry. After a very hard and frustrating day with the children, I had asked the Lord for a break. “I am tired of my crazy hard life, the messes, the fuzzing and everyone always having an opinion in this house! Why can’t I just have a boring day without any noise or arguing?”, I had said. My world had become exactly what I thought I wanted but it felt empty, lonely, without feelings and lifeless. “Please bring it all back Lord! Forgive my ingratitude, for I did not know what I was saying,” I cried in despair.
I wake up drenched in sweat and hear my baby crying. “Thank you Lord,” I say, as I walk to get him. My other children are bouncing out their doors and bumping into each other to see who can make it to the kitchen first. I hear bowls banging against the table and the clanging of silverware. My three year old yells “mommy, I want pizza with ice cream for breakfast! No oatmeal, no cereal!” With an unusual laughter that comes from deep inside me I yell back, “and I want roast beef and mashed potatoes!”
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