Monday, March 18, 2013
Mama hates the cold
I’m sitting in the office I currently work in wearing my winter coat. My nose is freezing. Hands like ice.
This is wrong. Just plain wrong.
I am a firm believer in the idea that winter must end now.
My poor 3 year-old is going stir crazy from being inside most of the day every day. This kid loves to be outside. She loves to go for walks, play in the park, kick the ball around the back yard. The great outdoors is her holy land. Her happy place. Her home base.
And while we still try to get outside with her often no matter what the weather, my poor little 15 month old isn’t a fan of being chilly.
So I find myself spending a lot of time inside with the girls, attempting to keep up with a toddler’s energy. We play and play and play and play. I crawl around on the floor. I do puzzles. I pretend to be “the customer” and place my order with Anna, over and over again. We go camping. We pretend to be horses. We dance. We sing. We make muffins. And then, eventually, I end up feeling guilty at the amount of TV she watches, because I can only do so much of the above.
When we’re outside, the kid can run wild, while I watch. I keep up with her, of course. But for the most part, she just wants me to let her do her thing while I stand by and chat with her.
(And by “chat” I mean tell her I’m watching when she yells, “Watch this, Mommy!!” over and over again.)
Therefore, I hereby declare that the winter must end.
It must end so that I no longer feel old and like a bad parent.
It must end so that I can get outside and air the stink out of my kids and myself.
It must end so that I can feel warmth on my skin again.
It must end so that I can get a bit of exercise, chat with fellow Moms and reenter the land of the living, rather than feel like a recluse.
And it must end so that Anna can wear her favourite shirt, her “Super Girl” t-shirt, without freezing her cute little skinny buns off.
So says Hez.