Being a single mom of toddlers has its share of difficulties.
Like when you take the kids out to eat on your own and then one of
them needs to go 'pee-pee' during the meal, which becomes a whole
production of everyone leaving the table and mommy having to secure
belongings for a family trip to the potty. This happens quite often
for my two 2-year-olds and me. So often, that I've started to swear
off meals outside of our home.
I've made it a point to make sure we have a variety of food in
our house so that I'm not even tempted to go out to eat with my
kids. But sometimes, mommy brain sets in and I forget to buy
necessities like milk and diapers.
That's exactly what happened today. I realized I was down to my
last few diapers and totally out of milk. This could all only mean
one thing: A trip to the grocery store.
Grocery shopping with toddlers is low on my list of fun
activities. Of course, we went to a store that doesn't have carts
designed for two kids. So, after much convincing, I managed to
stick one in the front and assure her that was the better seat.
Then I stuck the other inside the cart and assured him that was the
I was armed with a list of about 15 items, a king-size bag of
M&Ms, and two emergency fancy schmancy chocolates that my kids
rarely get to indulge in.
My children were distracted most of the trip by large pumpkins
around the store and the single M&Ms I was feeding them
periodically (you must conserve the candy to last you the entire
trip!). I managed to fill our cart -- no easy task considering my
son is a 40-pound monster who thought the bread would make a good
pillow -- in less than 15 minutes.
And then came my least favorite part, getting the groceries in
the house. On this day, we were greeted at the front door by a HUGE
spider. It was hanging out on the welcome mat, casually waiting for
us to open the door so he could scurry in towards the light, no
doubt. So I put the kids inside, cracked the door, and told them to
stay away from it.
Did they listen? Of course they didn't. They're 2. So as I
scurried up the steps and deposited two arms full of groceries, I
warned them again to stay away from the door because a MONSTER
would attack them.
They seemed to get the idea after that and as I headed towards
the door again I noticed the spider had moved down the steps -- and
I noticed how big and hairy he really was. I chucked a box of
diapers at it. And missed. He ran straight back towards the door
and I raced to beat him.
I twisted the handle and to my surprise, it was locked. As I
pounded on the door, I could see their little faces as they yelled,
"Monster out der!"
I whipped my keys out and maniacally tried to find the right
one. When I got it unlocked, I jumped through threshold and slammed
the door as I panted at my children's smiling faces.
"Monster didn't get you, mommy!"
"No, but it got the diapers. So it looks like your brother is
getting potty trained tomorrow."
When Sarah Rae was 21, she had a daughter. 9 months later, she had a son. It wasn’t the life she planned for but it’s the one she would never give up because she knows that working with the negatives can make for better pictures.
See more of Sarah's stories here.
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