Monday, March 16, 2009

The Sanity of Clear Skies

Good morning! You never know how much you miss the sun until it has been raining for an entire week. The kiddos were beginning to go stir crazy. If you only have 1 or 2 children this may not seem like a significant event. However, once you have graduated to 3 (and I am sure more) it goes from being a slightly cooped up environment to a full fledged loony bin. Of course, I mean no disrespect to loony bins. After all, I most likely will end up in one. I just prefer not to live in one without force.

I am amazed by the effect of being cooped up has on the gentle psyches of the twerp brigade. It is funny because the days always start with communal living sibling perfection. The are not only nice to each other but they actually border on considerate. They are thoughtful. Not only do they play together but they even help each other clean up. Contrast this with a few hours after being cooped up and you end up with the most vile, lecherous, heathens imaginable. They go from throwing kisses to throwing punches. It is beyond my ability to comprehend how this behavior could possibly be coming from the same children who were such incredible models of sibling bliss a few hours before. I just don't get it. I don't know what changes and I don't know how it changes. However, just as the storm brews outside, so does the one indoors.

1 or 2 days of that is quite enough to send even the casual observer off of the deep end. But, even as a twerp management professional, 3 or 4 days is enough to leave a void of common sense and sanity in even the strongest of minds.

The beauty of all of this, however, is afternoons like Sunday. For the first time in as many days as we could remember, the sun finally peeked through the cover. The doors opened and out went the kidlets. At that moment everything chaos was sucked out of the house and the freshness of spring and sun came flooding back in. Almost as quickly my offspring had returned to their somewhat sane selves. They were back playing together and meeting each other with hugs instead of fists.

It is a strange metamorphosis but one that was deeply appreciated.

Sanity has returned to our lives - at least temporarily.

Today Miss Claudia returns to Dungan manner to spend the week with the kiddos during Spring break.

I have a feeling she will need all of the purpose she can muster. Let's hope for clear skies and clear minds.

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