Hey, all you moms out there with more than one little one (or moms of one that is giving you a run for your money)! I’m pretty sure I can guess the phrase you despise the very most. It’s the one you hear all the time and it makes you want to slam your face against the hood of your car repeatedly. Everyone say it with me now…
“Wow! You’ve got your hands full!”
I have 4 little kids, and when I’m out in public with them, on my own, I hear it every time. EVERY time. You probably do, too. When someone says it to you on a rough day, doesn’t it take everything you have to not spit at them? But usually you just heave a big sigh and say, “Yeah, you want one of them?” And sometimes, you even hear it when everyone is behaving and you look around like “Nobody is bleeding. Everyone still has their clothes on. I GOT THIS!” Either way…it bugs.
I know people don’t mean to be rude. It’s just something to say. I’ve even heard those words come out of my own mouth. Once. I immediately put myself in time-out. Well, fellow mommies, I heard a sweet little sentiment that I now chant in my head whenever someone dares speak those hideous words. It’s my new mantra and it helps to chill my inner monster out. Here it comes…
“You think my hands are full? You should see my heart.”
Awwwww! When I heard that I said, “I should tattoo that on my forehead!” to which my 7 year-old replied, “But that would look weird. It would be cool if you did a dolphin jumping up between your eyebrows, instead.” Yes. Good call, baby.
I seriously love it, though, because it’s absolutely true. Life with children aplenty can be chaotic and loud and sticky with spit-up on it. And there are lots of squirmy little hands that need to be held, short legs that make you have to slow down, and crying kids that just need to be listened to. But it’s awesome because life is equally full of big hugs from little arms, sweet kisses just because, pinky-promises, and bedtime stories. You always have a “helper”, a little buddy, or a shadow. There’s more love than you even know what to do with. My heart is brimming because of my 4 little crazies.
So to all you observant strangers watching me care for my brood, yes…my hands are full, but my heart is jam-packed, overflowing, bursting at the seams. So I’ll take it.