The day after

The second I saw the kitchen I was angry. Not the sighing weary anger but real- from the gut want to commit acts of violence- anger. The remnants of a fun, late night of cards and food were enough to send me over the edge. This is what happens when your children grow up and stay up later than you. Add to that dirty and clean laundry all co-mingling on the floor, last nights dishes and a plugged toilet and it’s a recipe for disaster.

Me stomping through the house…
NO one picks up after themselves *bang*
they treat me like a maid *slam*
no respect. I get absolutely zero respect *violently throwing clothes in the general direction of the laundry room*
Room and board. I’m going to start charging room and board *slam slam bang*
I have to go away to WORK now…where I cook and clean and WAIT on OTHER people *yelled as I grab my bag and slam my way out the door*

You get the picture.

Once at work I remember there’s no milk. *slam* Oh yeah, nobody is here to hear me.
I make my list and run to get groceries and upon my return, I hit my head getting out of the car. *moan* I put the key in the shop lock and it won’t go in.
What the what!?! This just worked-I just unlocked this 20 minutes ago *fuming*
Maybe if I push a little more *snap*
Oh crap *grumbled under my breath as the key breaks off in my hand*
The universe is against me *Tears well up*
I will not cry I will not cry I will not cry *huge lump in my throat*

Tears suppressed, I get in my van and tires squealing head back home for the other keys.

Note for the future: It would be a lot easier to ask for Brad’s help if you haven’t acted like such a jerk. But I have no choice; so I ask. He grabs his jacket and follows me in his truck (from a distance, mind you, I’m sure fearful of what I may do). Upon arriving back at work I look and hang my head in shame and humiliation; I put the key in the wrong lock…that’s why it wouldn’t go in and that’s why it broke.

User error. My user error. What’s wrong with me! I’ve been opening this door for 6 years *no tears now just more anger*
As Brad pulls up, I hastily tell him the news and retreat into my shop kitchen. I assume he retrieved the broken key, I didn’t stick around to find out.

In my kitchen, listening to Beethoven (which, incidentally is good, socially acceptable, appropriate for the work place anger music) I continue slamming and fuming partly wishing someone was around to care that my day’s crappy and it’s only 7:15 and mostly grateful no one’s witnessing my hissy fit.

After I get everything going, I check my emails and facebook and finally this blog. And what do I see? Living on Sunday. What an idiot I am. Why did I ever post that? Now I have to own up to it. Wasn’t yesterday Resurrection Sunday? The day we’re reminded of the fact that not only did Jesus die for our sins (which should have been enough) but He rose again so that we “may have life and have it to the full”.

So far my Monday living was full. Full. Of. Crap.

Legitimate frustration with my family for not picking up after themselves spiraled within seconds to full blown anger, resentment, bitterness and more anger. But I was at work now.

It was a busy day at the shop. 20+ women came in and I was friendly and charming and served them with a smile. None of them would have guessed that I still harbored malicious thoughts towards my own flesh and blood.

I’d love to end this post by telling you that when I got home the kids apologized and I apologized and we all made up and had a big family hug. But the reality is, although I’m letting it go, I’m still a little miffed and trying to get over my pity party.

Will living on Sunday ever be easy?*

*that’s a rhetorical question.
**both photos are Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) from Malcolm in the Middle

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4 thoughts on “The day after

  1. This is what I love about you. Your honesty. You “say outloud” what we all think at many times inside. Amazing how we sling such words at those we love and turn around and smile nicely at those who do not matter nearly as much as the family that God has given to me. Love you, my friend, I really do hope today is a better day. ((hugs))

  2. Ahh…well described of days we've all had. Why is it so hard to let go and forgive some days? Especially those we love so much? I'm there with ya. Thanks for being real.

  3. Hi P–it's been a long time since I posted. I enjoyed this post. I can relate to it. You never know how many people you've lassooed into the kingdom of God by just being real like this. I know God works in our cracked pots. Love–your fellow laborer in the Lord. Annie
    P.S. I haven't blogged in ages. I've let the lack of fun pictures stand in my way. I've been too busy blog hopping….LOL.

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