Help Me With My Scattered Brain

26 Apr

Scatter brain scatter brain – where are you now?  If there was a traffic cop that gave tickets to people whose minds are zooming, my license would be suspended.

“I’m sorry sir, but you need to step out of your mind.”

“But officer..”

“You’re doing 90 thoughts a minute in a 20 thoughts per minute zone.”

My wife has been out of town on business the last couple of days. So, my mom took the 90 mile trip up Route 95 and has been staying with the children and me. She is incredibly helpful though she often doesn’t think so.  A typical conversation:

“Don’t do the dishes.”

“I got it mom. Don’t worry.”

“Just let them sit. I’ll take care of it.”

“It’s okay mom. Thanks.”

“I don’t know why you don’t let me do anything.”

Meanwhile, her day has consisted of getting the kids ready and off to school, picking up a couple of things at the store, making the beds, taking the kids off the bus, and preparing dinner. A real slacker she is.

Despite my mother’s great help, the house runs differently when my wife is not home.  She has a system for everything – “that Thomas train does not belong there.”

“Uhh sorry.”

My wife is an organizational dynamo.  Doctors appointments, school meetings, after school activities – she knows the kids schedules backwards and forwards.  I am filled in on this information on a need to know basis. Actually, I remember the information on a need to know basis.

“Don’t you remember?  I told there’s a birthday party Sunday, karate on Tuesday, a school meeting on Wednesday, and Friday is a half day.”

“Yes dear.  Of course I remember. Well, I forgot about the half day, and I thought the party was next week. But, I got it now. We’ll handle it.”

The look of exasperation on her face and frustration during these conversations is palpable. She’ll rail about how we both have to be on top of things. She’s right, and I am on top of things – somewhat.

Well, this week with her out of town, I really did have to be on top of things. Uggh.  I miss her. I want to tag her, say you’re it, and hand off these worries.  I’m good at sharing.  Anyway, maybe then I can focus, and put the pieces back together of my scattered brain.


Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Uncategorized


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15 responses to “Help Me With My Scattered Brain

  1. ateachablemom

    April 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Love this! Send your mom over to my house, please. And your wife, too. This mama needs a mama!

    • memyselfandkids

      April 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      I’m keeping them! They may be available for parties.

  2. Sara

    April 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    My plane just landed

  3. allthingsboys

    April 27, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Really great post! Love it!

  4. linneann

    April 30, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Love the scatter brain approach. Very funny. Take comfort in the reality that men typically don’t multi-task as well as women. But they are better than women in other areas. It all balances out but I sure do enjoy your gratitude for these two ladies.

    • memyselfandkids

      May 1, 2012 at 1:05 am

      I heard that before about men and multitasking. Hmm, I wonder if I can use that information in conversation with my wife.

      • linneann

        May 1, 2012 at 2:27 am

        You can certainly use it! Seriously, though, you just need to both appreciate each other’s abilities and you’ll be fine. Take it from someone who knows. You seem to be doing fine so kudos. Keep it up and be an example.

        • memyselfandkids

          May 2, 2012 at 2:04 am

          I appreciate the advice.

          • linneann

            May 2, 2012 at 2:06 am

            It was meant more as commendation than advice. 🙂

  5. Barbara @ Just Another Manic Mommy

    May 19, 2012 at 12:53 am

    my kids have scrambled my brain. when I falter they all scream MOMMYBRAIN and we crack up 🙂

    • memyselfandkids

      May 20, 2012 at 3:55 am

      Cute. I trust you mean crack up laughing and not crack up lets get mom that white coat without sleeves.

      • Barbara @ Just Another Manic Mommy

        May 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

        correct…though I do see a sleeveless coat in the near future FOR SURE!


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