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Topic: LUST (all-consuming desire; excessive craving) (01/08/15)
- TITLE: Trudging
By Meghan Andersch
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Rosemary spilled her cereal again.
ÒItÕs okay, sweetheart. Be mommyÕs big girl and help clean it up. IÕll get you some more.Ó
ÒOops. Looks like weÕre out of Happy-Os. How about a banana?Ó
Please take the banana.
ÒDonÕt cry. Here, you can have some of TimmyÕs Os. Right, Timmy?Ó
Great, now theyÕre both crying. Happy-Os? More like Crappy-Os. Crabby Os.
ÒMommyÕs going to get Toby. You two sit right there and donÕt move.Ó
Maybe theyÕll be too distracted crying for the next two minutes to get into any mischief.
ÒPeek-a-boo, Tobias McGoo. HowÕd MommyÕs precious angel sleep?Ó
P-yew. MommyÕs little stinker.
ÒOh. My. Gosh. How did you do that?Ó
Look at that smile.
ÒUgh, where are MommyÕs scissors?Ó
ÒOne onesie for the wastebasket.Ó
Uh oh. ItÕs too quiet.
ÒCome on, honeybee. LetÕs go see what the other two are up to.Ó
Wow. How did they get the Happy-Os to stick way up there?
ÒYes, Rosemary, I see the banana in your hair. Timmy put it there? I never would have guessed.Ó
Want. Need. Gotta have.
CanÕt have. Quit sniveling. Focus!
Two kids in a tub.
ÒNo, sweetheart. TobyÕs too little to go in the tub with you. He likes it here on MommyÕs hip.Ó
ÒWho could that be? Okay, everybody out. Scoot!Ó
UPS delivery? Oh, hubbyÕs car part.
ÒWhatÕs that? Yes, I do realize my kids are running around naked. ItÕs good for the skin.Ó
ÒOkay, have a nice day.Ó
DonÕt know what you were staring at. HavenÕt you ever seen a woman in her pajamas before?
ÒTime to get dressed! Can you wear your PJs, too? Sure.Ó
What time is it? Only 11?
ÒOkay, guys, letÕs go play Happy Os Pick Up.Ó
Please play along.
ÒCan you eat them off the floor? Only if you get there before I do.Ó
Wow, look at them move.
ÒOkay, munchkins, the kitchen looks great. What should we have for lunch? Tuna fish? Again? Okay.Ó
And then nap time. And then . . . and then.
ÒTimmy, stop flicking your bread crusts at Rosemary. Rosemary, stop flicking your boogers at Timmy.Ó
I really, really need.
ÒLie down, Rosemary. No, you donÕt have to sleep. Just lay quietly.Ó
Okay, TobyÕs down. TimmyÕs down. Just tiptoe out of here and . . .
Oh, no. What was that thump? Hold your breath. Maybe, if I pretend I didnÕt hear anything . . .
No, no, no. I need, I need . . .
ÒWhat happened? Fell out of bed? Let me see that bump. Need a kiss? LetÕs get some ice.Ó
ÒTimmy, why are you out of bed? Rosemary woke you up? You need ice, too?Ó
Please, God, please. I canÕt. I canÕt.
Come on. YouÕre supposed to love your kids.
ÒOkay, you both have ice. All better, Rosemary?Ó
ÒLetÕs try reading some books together. You each pick one and IÕll get Toby.Ó
I need. CanÕt go any longer.
ÒThe hoppy, boppy bunny and the flurry, scurry skivvy warble glass . . .Ó
Why are you pulling on my eyelid?
ÒHmm? No, I wasnÕt sleeping. Mommy was just resting for a moment.Ó
Maybe if I sit up straighter.
ÒLetÕs try again.Ó
Okay, theyÕre asleep. Success! Now! Now I can . . .
Phone? Drat! I canÕt believe I forgot to unplug it.
ÒHello? No, I do not want to take a political survey.Ó
TheyÕre up again. What now?
ÒNo, itÕs not time for dinner.Ó
ÒWhen is dinner?Ó
Not soon enough.
ÒHow was work, dear? HowÕs your macaroni?Ó
What is he pulling out? A hair?
DonÕt say it. DonÕt say it.
He said it.
I canÕt, I canÕt. Oh, Jesus.
ÒWhy am I sobbing on the living room floor? Because the couch is too full of toys.Ó
ÒNo, I donÕt want a hug.Ó
Yes, I do.
ÒYou left the kids alone. I can hear pasta smacking the floor.Ó
Thank you for hugging me anyway.
ÒYou want to put them to bed for me? And clean the kitchen? No, you donÕt.Ó
Sounds like heaven.
ÒYou insist? Okay.Ó
IÕm the luckiest woman on earth.
Ahh, feet up, sitting down. I want, I need, I got . . . Quiet Time!
What to do? Read my Bible? Pray? Watch television? Maybe do some laundry.
Maybe, maybe . . .
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