Instead of taking the lengthy route, I'll simply bullet point the occurrences of the day:
- Started my day at 3am. Could not fall back asleep, children waking at 6am.
- One of my children was kind enough to colour in the grout lines in the bathroom with a blue marker.
- Another child was kind enough to break Joseph's fingers off from my nativity set.
- My youngest child had explosive, pants staining diarrhea all day.
- The dog climbed up on the trash cans and pulled down a sack of trash, dragging and chewing it all over the yard.
- I washed, dried, folded and put away six loads of laundry. (I still have about 3 more to do)
- Internet and telephone service was off and on during the day as a result of the storms in the area.
- My darling husband called me from work to remind me of a few things. (like to make a bank deposit, not to plan anything for Christmas Eve, etc)
- Neighbor brings by a tray of cookies at noon with me still in pajamas.
- Christmas guests have not firmed up their plans.
Nearing the end of the day I really didn't have the energy but,I just had to laugh. Doing so, I remembered a favorite play I performed pieces from in High School called "Laughing Wild".
It's comprised of coinciding monologues performed by a man and a woman each discussing the challenges of living in our modern world and their personal forays into functional insanity. She's smart but slightly imbalanced and a little scary. He's smart but depressed, fearful and insecure.
"Laugh, laugh, laugh. Laughter is a tonic. So forget crying. Cry, and you cry alone. Laugh....and you cry alone later."