It is that time of the week again, or if you are lucky you've allowed two weeks in between....the dreaded grocery visit. If you are a stay at home mom you have both a love-hate relationship with this store. You walk aimlessly down the isles, thankful, one, to at least be out of the house and, two, for remembering to make that list before you left. As if you can actually remember what you need once you enter this endless land of (crying, screams, grabbing things off the shelves) food items! You usually allow yourself 30 seconds to think, "Do I dare enter empty handed? I mean...my children are EXPECTED to behave a certain way." And once that ridiculous thought passes, you reach for the....sucker, goldfish....basically anything that will provide you with a few minutes of concentration on what you are actually there to do.
If you can relate to this at all, then most likely you can probably relate to the events that occurred BEFORE leaving the house. While sparing details I will sum it up with one word.....HAT! That's right....in utter defeat, I put a hat on my head and headed to grocery store. Feeling exhausted (and it was only 10 am), lonely (is it this difficult for other people?), trying to figure out why this was the highlight of our day (meaning...this was the only thing on our agenda), I became suddenly aware of my surroundings. I think I saw at least three other moms trying to hide their non-made up face, dark circled eyes, look of surrender.....with a hat! How refreshing it was, in that moment, to realize that I was not alone. No words, no communication was needed to see that. It was simply stepping outside of my own world....and paying attention.
Being a Mommy, especially a stay-at-home Mommy, is tough business. It is definitely not for everyone. And on the days it doesn't even feel like it is for us.....that is why God made HATS!!!