by Kyle Sansoucie
This article’s theme is “Her-story,” which is about the women of the world and their relevance in history throughout time. There are some incredible women from history; Amelia Earhart, Joan of Arc, most of the Queen Elizabeth’s to name a few. Not all women have to be royalty or Oprah to be important though, who’s the most important woman in your life? The one who brought you into this world and can take you out of it? You guessed it. Mom. I’ve taken the liberty to interview my mother, Lisa. I asked her about what it’s like being a stay at home mom during these uncertain times. She gave me a tired look and expressed how much she missed the times when the kids went to school on a normal schedule. I have three younger brothers, one in high school, one in middle school and one in elementary.
“The boys being home constantly makes it difficult for me to keep the house together… mess after mess, it never stops. I’ll do the dishes before bed and an hour later one of them gets up and makes a big pan of breakfast sausages at 11:30pm. And their rooms are so messy that the next morning the dishes that come out of their rooms make it seem like I didn’t even do the dishes in the first place!” she said. “The three of them are constantly in need of my attention. When one of them stops pestering me, the next one is waiting with a new problem.”
Not only does she have to deal with her needy children, but recently my step dad broke his hip, so while already dealing with three children she took on the care of another whining child, her husband. “Between your stepfather and the kids, I only get time to myself when everyone’s gone to bed.” she exclaimed. “It’s quite stressful but it’s also not all bad.
It’s definitely nice to not have to bring one of them to school when they miss the bus, and they all are pretty good about going to their zoom classes.”
For the most part, during the interview, she would go off track telling me stories about the extended family and how grandma is doing, what trouble the dogs managed to get into the last time they managed to escape from the backyard. Similar little stories naturally come up while chatting with my mother. “All you can really do is try your best to stay in the groove of things and be thankful for those around you,” she said during the interview. Even while having to be around those gremlins (classified as my siblings) almost 24/7, she managed to express how much she cares about them. Even if they whine and complain. But that’s just parenthood isn’t it?
My mother is important to not only me, but our whole family. Raising children the best as you can despite the circumstances of the world around you is no easy feat. You can only do your best, and that’s perfectly fine. I cannot imagine how exhausting being a full time mom must be, but it takes a strong person to raise 4 kids. Mothers all around the world are persevering and doing their best to bring a fulfilling life to their children even in these tough times. If you are lucky enough that your mom is still around, you should give her a call, or a visit. I’m sure she’d have something to say. Mom’s always do.
A note from the writer-
“Shortly after I wrote this my great grammy died. She meant the world to my mother and her siblings, and to the rest of the family as well. She will be missed. Cherish those around you and be grateful for their good health.”