When All Else Fails, SWEEP
I cannot sit still. I think that my constant need to be in motion is something that was handed down from my mothers and grandmothers. I remember as a kid, my mom never sat still. She always had something to do. And my grandmother as well. They were always doing something. If it wasn’t a chore, they were knitting, or sewing, or reading.
Now that I am a mother, I have the same insatiable appetite to DO. Just when I think I have everything done, I notice yet another chore that could use my attention. When the dishes are done, they sit on the counter and within an hour – I feel the urge to put them away. The last load of laundry of the day, which should signal some sort of reprieve – leads me to find more dirty clothes in the house. (Because there are always MORE dirty clothes).
And then I wonder why sometimes at the end of the day I am so tired.
But it is probably because, no IT IS BECAUSE, being a stay at home mother has made me restless. The chores that I tend to are always interrupted mid-stream by the needs, wants, and desires of my kids – which makes them take twice as long. And, with a house full of kids – the simple truth is there is ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO! It never ends. What I finish today, I have to start over again tomorrow.
So for me, it’s no rest for the weary. While my family tends to plop down in the living room at the end of the day enjoying some television and snacks, I am always listening out for the dryer to beep, the dishwasher to churn to a stop, or the ding-dong that says I have another email waiting for me to answer.
And when all else fails, I find that the need to sweep the hardwood floors is ever present. So I sweep. Which leads me to mop. Which means I find the trashcan full and take it out. Then I see the dogs, and I realize they need to be fed. And so on.
How about you? Do you feel like your day is filled with constant DOING? Do you sit down only to get back up a few minutes later because you realized something else has to be done?