When I recently accompanied my son and a friend to our local county fair, I got a glimpse of my future for the next few years.
You see, my presence at the fair with them turned out to be that of a wet rag, a damper on all the fun they could be having if it wasn’t for grumpy old mom pointing out that they had run out of money for games, or that no, it wasn’t worth walking across the entire fairgrounds just to eat some chocolate covered-bacon.
But yet, I was also a necessary evil, as I was also playing the role of chauffeur, line stander, and ATM. But my son pretty much tried to act like I wasn’t really there most of the time, which is good, really. I mean, if he was holding my hand and begging me to ride the bumper cars with him, it would probably be some kind of red flag.
On the other hand, I’ve got my toddler, as needy as all get-out. She is an affectionate child, so I am often the recipient of hugs and kisses and sometimes elbows in the stomach, it all depends on just how affectionate she is feeling at the moment. She is still of course dependent upon me for a great many things, although she is much more independent overall than her brother was at this age.
It’s just really odd for me to have one child figuratively pushing me away as he gets older and tries to find his own footing in the world, and at the same time have this greedy little time-suck known as a toddler to deal with all in the same day.
Motherhood is hard, y’all.