Remember the time when you were told that having kids would change your life? I read somewhere that that statement has been awarded the ‘Understatement of a Lifetime Award’. Oh wait! Or is it just that I have been thinking it so much that I have started seeing it written everywhere. Maybe it’s just my mind playing tricks on me. But I sure know that there ought to be such an award and that thing about kids and how they ‘CHANGE’ your lives surely is the most deserving canditate.
Change your life indeed! I think all those people were just being kind to this poor round fat clumsy woman with swollen ankles and constant backpain that was me. Nobody wants to scare a poor pregnant woman out of her wits. It’s not like they can tell you at your most miserable state that it’s about to get so much worse that pregnancy will seem like heaven to you.
And I anyway believe that change is a very broad term. For example, it’s a ‘change’ if majority of the books on your library hold list have the word ‘kids’ or ‘babies’ in the title. It is also a ‘change’ if you are talking to your child in the car when in reality you are driving all alone. It’s a ‘change’ if you drive with your windows rolled down in the peak of winter just to remind yourself that you are indeed alone in the car! A ‘change’ is also when you instinctively pick up the booster seat at the movies when the only people you are with are all adults. A ‘change’ is also when the first thing you worry about when you wake up is breakfast for the little one and the last thing you worry about before bedtime is breakfast for the little one. Also, hearing a war cry first thing in the morning and last thing at night might fall under this category. It’s ‘change’ if you are suddenly feeling guilty about going on a romantic dinner date with the man you loved enough to marry. I know! Tell me about THAT! Now ‘that’ is material enough for another million and a half blog posts, don’t you think?
Anyway, the point is that maybe, just maybe, what people actually meant is that kids take control of your life rather than change it. They dictate where you go, what you do, when you eat, when you sleep, how much you eat, how much you sleep, what you say, who you meet, what you cook, when you brush your teeth, when you take a bath… I am stopping here only to be polite to you and to keep my poor little post from getting an R rating!!!