Have you ever watched one of those jugglers who juggle a running chain saw, a bowling ball and a machete all at the same time? I always figure that they must actually be a working mom in disguise.
Running a household, including cooking, cleaning, laundry, chauffeuring, working a job outside of the home, raising children and maintaining relationships with partner, family and friends can feel the same as trying to maneuver a running chain saw, bowling ball and machete. How can we working moms keep it seamlessly all up in the air?
The machete is where I always slip up. Sharp objects always seem to be my downfall while mom juggling. Every major holiday when I cook, I manage to drop the bowling ball, drop the running chain saw and the sharp machete flips toward me. While expertly avoiding the chain saw and bowling ball, I cut myself. It’s become the family joke, “It just isn’t Thanksgiving, Christmas or whatever major holiday complete with family get-together, if mom didn’t cut herself.”
What follows is a comedic act in itself, as I try to be the hostess, complete a fabulous meal, serve, and clean up while holding a throbbing finger, doubly wrapped in gauze from getting wet.
It’s a great method to garner lots of help. However, I don’t advocate orchestrating the event. I, for one, am happy this season’s major holidays are over and we’re moving on toward tamer events like Ground Hog’s, Valentine’s and President’s day. Less mom juggling required. What’s your favorite mom juggling story?