You Put The Fly Swatter Where? Praying for Patience in The Face of Frustration

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Carolyn Savage

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!

7 Comments on “ You Put The Fly Swatter Where? Praying for Patience in The Face of Frustration ”

  • tracy | October 13th, 2011 9:05 pm

    Are you sure he didn’t flip the pancakes with it???
    LOL!! Hugs

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  • Carolyn Savage | October 13th, 2011 9:08 pm

    Yes…I’m pretty sure it wasn’t in the jar that long. It caught my eye (and temper) pretty quickly!

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  • Brandi | October 13th, 2011 9:28 pm

    ugh. Men! at least he did’nt swat flies with your spatula!! lol

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  • Nancy | October 13th, 2011 9:39 pm

    Sorry had to chuckle – something like that would happen here OR “not me” (and its not the kids) put my stuff away again and I can’t find it……

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  • Denise | October 13th, 2011 9:45 pm

    LOL..I seriously think this could happen in my house. Men! You have my sympathies! PS. did I tell you I am to be a new grandmother is 6 weeks? The other day Amy asked me how to put shoes on while pregnant!!

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  • Tammy | October 13th, 2011 11:31 pm

    This made me laugh seeing as I also have (just one) a 9 week old and probably would’ve responded the exact same way! Thanks for the laugh!!

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  • Danielle | October 14th, 2011 9:38 am

    I am very sorry to laugh but this is so very funny (from the outside) but with that said we all have our moments. I exploded on the MEN in my house the other night becuase one of them (even though they ALL said they didn’t do it) drank MY lemonade. Its so silly but they all know it was mine (I have a husband and 3 sons) and I have very little in my home that I can claim as MINE! After my little temper tantrum I was mad at myself for letting something so silly get to me…but sometimes it just happens and the best thing we can do is just try to laugh it off and wait for the next time 🙂 Love your blogs! Look for them EVERYDAY!
    HUGS from one Sylvania mom to another!!!

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