Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mother Chuckle and Mama Hyde

I have to play a lot of roles in my household.


While I would never consider myself to be a chef *throws head back and laughs* - I wear a chef's hat now and again.


While I am not as popular or as efficient as Alice - from the Brady Bunch - I am definitely the housekeeper of the On The Upside household.


While I have no formal training or resume - I am the accountant, bookkeeper, file keeper and cashier.


I am the masseuse that my children come to for back rubs and lotion applications.


I am the doctor, the nurse practitioner and the pharmacist in our family.


I am the pool guy - without the great six pack and California smile - and buldge in my shorts.


I am gardener, mower of the lawn, trimmer of the trees and shrubs and ant pile killer.


I am the laundry lady, the dish washer and the closet organizer person.


I am the trash collector, grocery buyer and purchaser of the clothes.


I am the killer of all bugs and finder of all lost things.


In the midst of one of my busy days of taking off one professional hat and replacing it with yet another ...


It was the end of the day and I was preparing the household for bedtime.


My little son had just taken a shower.


I called my son into my room.


He stood by my side and we talked.


We were having a tender moment.


I commended him on a good day's work.


He smiled.


I touched him gently.


He smiled.


I pulled him into my arms and hugged him tightly.


Our hearts were happy, as we were sharing some moments of joy and then ... I patted him on the back and sent him on his way.


As he entered the hallway, I yelled ... "And clean that mess off the floor of your room. If I walk by there and there is still anything not picked up - I'm throwin' that stuff in the trash."


He shuffled quietly down the hallway.
He stopped in his tracks.
He mumbled ...

"How can she be so nice one minute and then ... screamin' mean stuff at me ... the next?" his voice faded as he entered his bedroom.


On the upside ... *Evil chuckle from the mom as she removed her warden hat and placed it on the night stand beside her bed*

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45 comments:

Tink said...

Kellan, you and I are so-so-SOOO alike that it makes me laugh. I'm so glad I have an "evil" twin out there. I don't feel so alone! This was GREAT! Hope you're having a great weekend.

Ellie said...

awww!!!! a fluff ball!

Cheryl said...

Kellan,
I LOVE this post, can relate to it so well. It made me smile. My warden hat comes in so handy sometimes, how can we resist not wearing it? Love that special time with your son, that's what make all our "duties" so worth it.
XXXXXX

Brittany said...

This is HILARIOUS! I am sure my kids are thinking this SAME exact thing, daily. Too funny. Ahh... the rights of motherhood really are wonderful, aren't they?

dani said...

i always like to leave 'em wondering, "what the heck???", too, kellan:) it keeps 'em on their toes!!!
love,
dani

utmomof5 said...

I have actually had my kids ask me if I was mean mom or happy mom at that particular moment. Yea, that is a real eye opener :)

Michelle said...

Just wait until he has kids of his own. He'll know the answer then ;) I love that you spend such nice time with him bonding... I only hope that I have good relationships as the wee ones get older.

Joanna said...

Love it! Keep messing with their heads. hee hee

kim-d said...

Okay, all I can think of is that I am very, very glad you don't have a bulge in your shorts. You sorta lost me to the snort-laugh after that little statement. BWAHAHAHA!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

A mom that doesn't have a warden hat isn't doing her job.

JCK said...

You might very well have the record for number of hats worn by a mom! Too cute.

And the pool boys? They're not around this California landscape. ;)

smileymamaT said...

HA! I can relate. I think we all can! You got me busting a gut over here, that was too funny because it's just like watching myself from the outside! LOL!

J'Ollie Primitives said...

heh heh. Evil chuckle from the Food Lady. Our hat closet brimmeth over. Did I say that right?

Janet said...

The Jekyll and Hyde thing? I have that one DOWN. I wear a lot of hats too, but not as many as you do. We don't have a pool for starters. And I make the Mountain Man do some things. Like cooking. I hate cooking. Left to my own devices I would live on pasta.

Kel said...

hahaha - yes, we often must wear many hats...too bad our children do ever grasp that concept until they are grown and have their own children?!

Have a great day!
~K

Courtney said...

Way to switch hats without him seeing it coming. Love the pic too.

Dawn said...

That is so funny! ;) I can switch hats pretty quickly as well.

Cheffie-Mom said...

That's what we moms do - wear many hats! What would the family do without us?! LOL!

Lori of I'm no super Mom said...

Too funny!! I think we all have a little of that in us!

Brenda said...

Yep, ya gotta keep em on their toes. :-)

Julie said...

*rofl* ... Someday, when he is grown and has kids of his own... Then he'll understand! ;)

Monogram Queen said...

Oh Kellan, you are INDEED a woman of MANY hats - and you wear them so well (and write about them so well too!!!!)

Queen of My Domain said...

Oh how funny! It's a typical day as mom, isn't it?

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

haha great post. And so true. It's just one of the many joys that we moms have. ;)

Kat said...

Mean stuff! HA! If that is you being mean then you are a SAINT!
;)

Sally said...

My daughter is your age, and I STILL try to wear the warden hat. Doesn't work any better now than then. hahaha

Sandra Carvalho said...

ROFL!Great post Kellan! ;)
You always manage to make me laugh!
xoxo

Dad said...

Kel, you are a masterful manager of all the various activities. GREAT JOB

Christopher's mom said...

LOL. I always tell the d~man, if I have to clean your room I am doing it with a trash bag. Sometimes he takes me serious, other times he just looks at me and shakes his head.


Have a great day,
aam

Jennifer said...

oh how funny....being a mom is so great!

justabeachkat said...

You mean ole Mom! LOL Been there, done that!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Hugs!
Kat

Amy said...

It's all part of that mom training we get..LOL

Jaina said...

Haha, he has three sisters, has he learned nothing yet? Lol.

Valarie said...

Ha! Hilarious as always, Kellan!

forgetfulone said...

That sounds just so much like something that would happen with my kids and me. Mean/nice - which are you, mom? Well... that depends! I wear all hats, too!

Kami said...

Yes, we are jack of all trades aren't we?

I prefer to think of it as tough "love" rather than mean....

Rosemary Bogdan said...

You just gotta do that, Kellan. I know. Good moms can't be nicey-nicey all the time. We have to teach them too, you know. Funny.

Threeundertwo said...

So funny! I've done the same thing (and gotten the same reaction).

I am totally in love with that kitten too. Cute picture!

Amanda said...

There are definitly many hats to ware and you do them so well. I hope I'm as good as you when its my turn :)

CC said...

Yeah for many skills (and not enough pay!!!)

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I know what you mean...Lorelai got home last night, dropped about six load of clothes on the laundry room floor, ate, then went to bed. I've washed the clothes, dried the clothes and I GUARANTEE YOU that when she walks in the door in a little bit after having been shopping all day with her friends and I say, "Please go ahead and put your clothes away" in the nicest possible voice, she is going to respond..."what's wrong with YOU??!!!"

Clare said...

i LOVE this post! don't we wear so many different hats...i was just randomly watching this mom with two kids at music class the other day. She was nursing her baby and singing along with her toddler. I just thought...gosh we don't even think about all the stuff we do in a give day, we just do it, for our kids! great post:)

joan said...

I guess we are all mean moms. LOL You are so right about Mom's wearing all kinds of hats. Almost forgot to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful holiday Kellan.

tammy said...

My son often wonders the same thing.

And you should get a pool boy ; )

bren j. said...

Yes! When I fill out forms or surveys that ask what my occupation is, I have a hard time answering...it usually covers some aspect of every category listed!

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