what I learned this week

by Janelle Hanchett

Perhaps from now on, on Sundays, I’ll post the biggest lessons I learned that week, as a sort of record of my general regression. I meant progression.

Anyway, here’s what I learned this week:

  1. I hate selling Girl Scout cookies. It’s too much work and I feel like an indentured servant to the Girl Scouts corporation, which swindles us all into thinking we’re earning money for the girls, when really we’re just working for them. Besides, if they really give a shit about kids, why are the cookies chock full of trans-fats? Next year, I will make every attempt to weasel out of selling those beastly boxes of deliciousness.
  2. On average, five-year olds ask seventy-five thousand questions an hour, most of them hypothetical and, if answered honestly, rather complicated. Examples: “Could a thousand ants pull an elephant?” “If I were to die, where would my heart go?” “What if there were three suns and three earths and we lived on all of them at the same time?” “If I were Secretariat and you were a racecar, who would go faster?”
  3. I can answer 5-year old questions for exactly 2 hours before needing a break. If I don’t get a break, I become irritable and feisty and they’re no longer cute and my tone demonstrates my increasing lack of interest and need for silence. For non-kid talking. For non hypothetical interaction. I am a bad mother for needing that. But it’s true.
  4. When there’s a little girl rockin’ out in the back of your car, Justin Bieber ain’t that bad.
  5. My son is capable of “break-dancing” in front of the entire school during a school-wide talent show.
  6. My daughter is capable of performing a dance she and her friend invented during recess, also during a talent show in front of the whole school.
  7. Both my kids are decidedly cooler than I am and evidently unhindered by fear of looking like a jackass. Not that they looked like jackasses. They were freaking adorable. In my experience, however, fear of looking like a jackass made dancing in front of crowds while sober a complete impossibility, so obviously they’ve overcome my impediments.
  8. It’s possible to get so tired your eyes randomly blur out of focus and life starts looking like a Monet painting held 2 inches from your face.
  9. If you’ve been so sleep deprived that your eyes are blurring randomly, and you finally get a good night’s sleep, you will feel like Julie Andrews singing “the hills are alive” – you will spread your joy, frolicking with the butterflies in the eternal sunshine of your beautiful life.
  10. That feeling will end abruptly, the next day, when you return to 4-hours of sleep a night, in 45-minute increments, and realize it’s Sunday and 11:53pm and you have to work on Monday.

Goodnight, friends.  Hello, Monet painting.

here's Rocket. Didn't include an Ava picture because her friend is in it (privacy issue).

5 Comments | Posted in weeks of mayhem | February 27, 2011
  • Shan

    Ugh! I can relate on the sleep thing too well. I have had to get bloodwork done lately for these dizzy spells I’ve been having. Which, in retrospect, feel an awful lot like when you’re so tired and you close your eyes to blink, but they squinch themselves shut and you have fight to open them. The worst of it magically coincided with a growth spurt/growth spurt *and* illness/teething combo pack from hell. Huh,

  • Kimberly

    My trunk is full of those damn girl scout cookies. I couldn’t agree more with you.

    I saw Justin Bieber on Chelsea Lately talking about, among other things, Lady Gaga. And you know what? He kinda made me laugh. The hate spiral is slowing down.

    Happy Monday.

  • Stacie voyles

    I love you. I love this blog, and your beautiful family. You are a talented writer. Keep it going!

  • Corinne

    I feel the same way about many of these and I’m not a Mother… Humm… LOVING all of it!

  • Shauna

    I f-ing love you- so much fun to read. Friday nights don’t get much better than this these days (and it’s my birthday). Can someone say dinner at Soup Plantation??? XO