That’s it…I’ve had it! I give up! I would like to be admitted to the hospital, preferably Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. I am suffering from exhaustion. It may be a questionable diagnosis, but if it’s good enough for movie stars and rock stars, it’s good enough for me, dammit! In fact, my condition is so dire, I’d like the Beyonce Suite, please. Didn’t Jay Z pimp out like a whole floor of the hospital for her when she squeezed out Blue Ivy? Yeah, that’s the one I want. (I can assure you, I saw no gold plated birthing tubs when I had Biggie there 7 years ago.)
Since this is a self-diagnosis, I suspect the doctors and my insurance company will require some empirical data before they’ll check me into my suite and begin the massage treatments and bonbon deliveries. So, in the interest of science, I am providing the following documentation of my day thus far.
It began as does every other day at our house…with the morning meltdown. Alarms went off obscenely early, as always, so we would have ample time to get Biggie and Smalls ready to hop on the bus by 7 am. Unfortunately, we were not up early enough to provide a sufficient cushion for this morning’s super-sized meltdown. Today’s drama was due to my utter inability to choose the correct socks for Biggie and Ad Man’s ridiculous choice of breakfast foods for Smalls. Approximately 30 seconds before the scheduled departure time, we were dragging Smalls out from her favorite tantrum spot under the bed, attempting to brush her teeth through her cries of injustice and stuffing Biggie’s feet into whatever socks were closest to the door…quite possibly the dirty ones she dropped there yesterday.
With two kids successfully deposited on the bus and Ad Man off to work, I began the most pleasant part of my day, the sweet, sweet hours in which no one is whining at me. As much as I wanted to crawl back into my still warm bed, I had many things to accomplish before the beginning of the afternoon’s homework meltdown. I ran to the gym for a pathetic attempt at a workout. I thoroughly researched and bought a new flat iron to replace the one that crapped out this morning leaving my hip-mom shag looking more Carol Brady than Sally Hershberger. I stalked Goodwill for missing elements of the girls’ Halloween costumes and then headed to the grocery store to purchase the items necessary to make a healthy and delicious minestrone soup for dinner.
I was hurrying home from the grocery store so I would arrive before the school bus when I got a call from Smalls’s teacher. It seems I’d totally forgotten I’d planned to pick up Smalls in carpool instead of having her take the bus since Biggie had an after-school activity at the other campus. Instead of unloading the groceries from the car, I immediately turned around and headed to school. Visions swirled in my head of my poor, abandoned child sobbing alone on the sidewalk as the last car pulled up to the carpool pick-up area and she saw that her mother was not inside.
As it turned out, Smalls was unaffected by being abandoned and was happily coloring in the front office when I arrived at school. I, on the other hand, slunk in with my head bowed in shame hoping that none of the upper echelon of PTA moms would spot me claiming my forgotten child…in a Carol Brady shag no less.
Milking my guilt for all it was worth, Smalls requested that we stop at the park for King of Pops chocolate sea salt popsicles before retrieving her sister. So, we went to the park, grabbed our pops and sat down at a picnic table so Smalls could do homework. She, of course, dripped chocolate all over herself and her homework and spent half an hour denying that the dance she was doing was in any way related to the fullness of her bladder. I checked my phone and saw that we were going to be late if we didn’t leave to pick up Biggie just as Smalls began chanting, “I have to pee, I have to pee, I have to pee!” No shit, kid! Really?!
We jumped back in the car, headed over to Biggie’s school, ran into the building and located the closest bathroom where Smalls flat out refused to sit on the potty because the door to the stall wouldn’t latch to her satisfaction. Because, you know, heaven forbid a stray 2nd grade girl should wander in and see a sliver of her sitting on the toilet through the ever-so-slightly open door. At this point I was pulling my hair out, biting my tongue to keep from yelling all kinds of naughty words in an elementary school and wishing I had a handful of Xanax to munch on.
We managed to track down Biggie who was the second of my two children to wander around looking for her missing mother today and raced home with Smalls’s overextended bladder threatening to blow at any minute. We skidded into the driveway, unlocked the front door and Smalls ran to the bathroom just narrowly avoiding a pee disaster. I unloaded the melted groceries from the trunk of the car and thought, “Aaahhhhh…finally, things are starting to look up!”
I was settling in to start overseeing homework and chopping vegetables for tonight’s dinner when it became clear, after a frantic search, that Smalls’s backpack was no longer in our possession. FUUUUUUCCKKK!!! Rather than herding the girls back into the car and schlepping them to every location we’d just been to, I called my friend A, sent the kids over to her house and told her to be ready to drink with me upon my return. I then texted Ad Man and asked him to bring home Mexican food because there’s was no way in hell I was going to cook dinner tonight!
Really, the only bright spot in this day was when I found the backpack sitting right there in the park where Smalls and I left it earlier. And now finally, after a glass of wine with A, I’m again able to form a complete sentence. So, here it is…I’m done! Stick a fork in me. Beyonce Suite, here I come! I’ll have my driver drop me off at the secret back hospital entrance usually used for whisking in overdosing celebrities. Make sure that bed is made with 600 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and get my bourbon I.V. ready to go!