I've met my Waterloo

July 30, 2017
Summer vacation

After two weeks of summer vacation our house looks like the dirt tracks I like to run on. Thanks to an unfortunate combination of kids coming in with muddy shoes and lots of spilled water.


Summer vacation conversations


'Mommy, I need new water for my watergun!'
'But I just put a whole bucket of water outside! Surely there's enough water in there to fill your watergun!'
'Yes, but it kind of fell over...'
'Well, okay then.'
'Mommy, I spilled a little all over the floor. Bye!'

Waterloo song


At first I resisted the growing mess, and mopped the floors over and over again, but in the end I just shrugged and decided: 'I'll do it when they're back in school.' And in my head I hear the first few lines of Abba's hit Waterloo:

My, my, at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender
Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way
The history book on the shelf
Is always repeating itself

Waterloo - I was defeated, you won the war!


I can admit defeat


Yes people, this mom found her Waterloo in the summer vacation. But unlike Napelon I am not too proud to admit defeat!

On the contrary: I've already packed my suitcases and am ready to leave for a desert island.

You have to know when to cut your losses and try again another day.

Just like Paula Radcliffe did in Athen.

3 comments:

  1. Ha! I totally get it! I am defeat by the chaos myself sometimes!

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  2. Able was I ere I saw Elba. Able were your kitchen floors ere the kids were on summer vacation! (OK, it's nerdy, but it made me smile.) Anne

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  3. This took me back to the days of raising five kids. As my mom used to say, "and this too shall pass". Hang in there and thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story.

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