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Eye of the storm

June 20, 2011 - Jennifer Brookens
Ever since the month of June began, it just seems like I'm stuck in a vortex. Complete chaos seems to surround me at work, at home, and everything to and from point A to point B.

I am looking for the eye of the hurricane, the area where there is a little piece of calm amid the chaos and destruction around me. I now understand that "Calgon, take me away!" commercial that scared me at four years old, since I thought it would, indeed, take my mother away. Now I am the mother that would do anything for a quiet, relaxing bubble bath without having to clear said tub of layers of tub toys, only to be interrupted by "someone" trying to help by dumping in half a bottle of Mr. Bubble and deciding to try and join me.

So where is this sanctuary? Seriously, where is it?!! Is it my cup of coffee before I start the workday after I've gotten the kids deposited where they need to be for the day? Is it the small road trips for interviews where I can listen to a good song without someone constantly interrupting with "Can we stop for ice cream?" or "This kid at daycare got a bloody nose," or some other pressing seven-year-old observation. Or a three-year-old screech because he can't reach the empty packet of animal crackers.

I thought I had it this weekend when on a rainy day, everyone was napping or reading, doing their own thing. I sneaked upstairs and tried to watch a movie. It lasted about 15 minutes before I was invaded. "I just want to cuddle with you." (OK, no parent can turn down that invitation without guilt, even though we know what follows). "What's this about?" "Who's that?" "Why is she crying?" And on, and on. Bottom line, the TV eventually ended up on the Disney Channel, and Mommy was attending to an awakened napper with a messy diaper.

As I get whipped back and forth throughout the summer, I will still be trying to steal a few moments peace where ever that may be... Maybe I'll find it sometime before September, just maybe.


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