AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: October 13, 2011 | COMMENTS: 7 Comments
I’m a patient person. On a good day, I’m usually quite pleasant, but lately, I have to admit, I’ve had a short fuse. It would be natural to assume that the cause of my inability to just “roll with it” is due to the added stress of our twin infant newborns. Could be—but—the situations that most often cause me to blow my stack are truly not the doing of my nine week old daughters. Nope! Usually (almost always) the root of my complete and utter losses of composure are caused by the men in my life.
Case in point—see the picture below.
That’s a fly swatter in my cooking utensil jar. What the %^*$?!?!
So, here’s how this particular melt down played out.
Me Why is there a fly swatter in my utensil jar? (screaming from kitchen)
Sean Why is there a what in your what?
Me (Stomping into family room, utensil jar in hand). Why would you put this (gesturing to the swatter) in this (shoving the jar into his face)?
Sean That’s a fly swatter? I thought it was a pancake flipper. Sorry.
Me You thought a fly swatter was a spatula?
Sean Well, yes. It’s steel and black just like all the other things you cook with. Why the hell do we own such a nice looking fly swatter?
Me Your mother bought it. She thought we needed one. Ask her.
And then I loudly dumped all of my cooking utensils into the dishwasher and burst into tears.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I may have over reacted to the fly swatter’s presence amongst my spatulas, spoons and other miscellaneous cooking tools. But, in that moment, on that day, it was just one more thing for me to do, and that one teeny-tiny thing completely exasperated me.
Frustration is a tough thing to deal with. As a busy (some would say temporarily overwhelmed) mom, sometimes I lose my cool when someone in my house adds to my already cumbersome “to-do” list. It is then that I have to take a deep breath, remember that I truly love and adore my family and perhaps remember this scripture…
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. James 1:19-20
…pray fervently for patience, and look on the bright side…at least he didn’t try to flip our morning pancakes with it!