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Friday, May 22, 2009

Teaching by Example

It's scary just how much Soren and I are alike.  Take this morning, for instance; I had just herded the kids into the car for a quick trip to the store to get milk for breakfast.  I dutifully buckled them up, then wandered around the back of the car to make sure our little sand buckets weren't going to get crunched while reversing.  As I hurled myself into the driver's seat and commenced the usual seat and mirror adjustments, Soren sheepishly piped up from the back with, "Um, Mommy?  Can you buckle me up?"  "What," said I?  "I already buckled you in, what happened?" Soren's classic mommy-brain reply came quietly and with a tiny, embarrassed smile, "Um, I thought we already got our groceries and came back home."

He has officially joined the ranks of braincell-deprived (and sleep-deprived) women who return the gallon of milk not to the fridge, but to the cupboard.  Women who put the dishes away in the microwave instead of the china cabinet.  Women who frantically ransack their homes in search of the spectacles perched on their heads.  Women who purchase their groceries then resolutely march out of the store without them.  Women who unintentionally yet regularly misplace, rearrange, and redistribute all the moving parts in their lives (whether that's kids, milk, or dishes), in frequent moments of absent-minded survival mode.

Gotta get Dan home early tonight so he can do some damage control on Soren's new mommy brain.

Hm.  I wonder how one would accurately describe the "daddy brain?"


Scott and Karin said...

HA HA HA HA! Sounds just like me too! By the way, have I ever told you how beautiful you are? That is a great picture of you and Soren.

Liz said...

Aw, thanks Karin! You're so nice! I love that picture of Soren and me. He's my eternal buddy and I am eternally grateful for his presence in our home . . . the little chatterbox. :0)

Lindsey said...

I am rapidly developing the mommy brain too. In the past few weeks I have left my keys dangling in the front door lock, left the freezer door ajar all day, told Greg the washer was broken (to which he responded by ordering us a new washing maching) when the whole time I didn't have the right cord plugged in, and left Walgreen's without all of my purchases. I'm on a roll. I think I have solidified my induction in to the Mommy Brain Society!

weplusthree said...

Hilarious. I think there is a whole separate club for Little Boys with Over Active Imaginations Which Tend to Drag Them into Their Own World. Fortunately they aren't dragged down by way too much to do and too little time to do it in, the cause of many cases of Mommy Brain :) Adorable picture by the way!

Liz said...

Wow Lindsey! You are bonafide. The freezer was open ALL DAY??!! ;0) What did you end up doing about the already-ordered washing machine?

Kim, my boys are frequently in la-la land. It's funny because when I read about my friends' little girls and their frequent ventures into princess and fairy land, I have to chuckle that such a place exists for boys as well, only there are Transformers and GI Joes protecting the princesses and fairies in a very messy, very dirty way. :0)

I love boys.

Scott and Megan said...

Liz!!! I thought you fell off the earth! I don't get email updates of new blog posts... I am going through liz withdrawls... (sp?) You shot a wedding!!>! You amazing girl. Can't wait to see some pics... Want to be friends again?

Amber and The Boys said...

Ha! That is fantastic! Love it. I have to say, in Madison they had a drive up service at the grocery store. You could pay for your groceries and then go get your car and drive up to the door and they would load them for you. I was always so worried that I would pay for my groceries and then instead of driving up to get them I would leave the store! Thankfully I never did. But boy it wouldn't have surprised me.