School Break – In Under 30 Minutes
The youngest comes in and plops down
Mommy, I’m ready to eat
How about cereal
No thanks, I’ll have an omelet please
He points to my head as I scramble eggs
Mommy, is your hair turning gray
I’m not answering that
Mommy, when are we getting a cat?
I don’t know when, but we will soon
Please, please please, can we go today
I shake my locs and sip my homemade latte
Mommy can I have a snack
You didn’t finish breakfast
If you’re hungry eat that
I’m not hungry. Can I have some juice
No, why don’t you go clean your room
Will you help me, please please please
Depending on mood it’s a no, yes or maybe
And sometimes it’s an, “I’ll help if you’ll help.
Hampers are full and folding’s not done”
Before I can say anymore, he’s gone
Ten minutes later my youngest returns
Mommy Mommy, guess what
Yes, what is it, my son
Nothing, room’s clean and I’m ready for fun
Bed’s made, clothes off the floor, toys put away?
Yes yes and yes that means I’m done for the day
(I can’t even) Please let me just think
If you’re done with breakfast, put your dishes in the sink
Then can I have a snack and watch TV?
I hesitate a millisecond
It’s 7:21, caffeine still needs more time
Mommy? Mommy?? Mommy???
Not yet, go get a book to read
Awww, I don’t want to do that
Well you’re supposed to, everyday
But why? It’s the first day of break
So I can wake up enough to think
And so your brain doesn’t waste away
Then can I please watch TV?
I shake my head in disbelief
Maybe we can go look for a cat
Or go scooting in the courts
I down the last ounce, it’s 7:24