Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Frenzy: I Control Nothing

(From Tatted Mom: Today starts my new segment, Friday Frenzy, where I showcase some kick-ass bloggers and writers. To kick it all off, I have Brooke, from Daily Dose of Dahl, who I've had the pleasure of knowing since Inklings first started. She's got an amazing sense of humor and an awesome writing style, so be sure to check out her blog and facebook page! A huge thanks to her for being a part of Friday Frenzy!)


Ever seen the movie GI Jane? That part where Viggo Mortenson in all his chiseled-jawed, ice blue-eyed, fine-bodied glory gives this speech, “The ebb and flow of the Atlantic tides, the drift of the continents, the very position of the sun along its ecliptic. THESE are just a FEW of the things I control in my world!”

Yeah, well. Must be nice, Master Chief.

The other day my daughter, in the midst of a dramatic moment, announced she couldn’t WAIT to be an adult because then she’d get to make her own decisions and do whatever she wanted. She. Would. Be. In. Control. Of. Her. Life!!

What she meant was that when she’s out in the world on her own, she won’t have to eat green beans, clean her room, or wipe the toothpaste out of the sink until she felt like it. And, if she wanted ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Well then, ice cream it would be!

And it’s not just my daughter that demonstrates her feelings about this. My son, who is generally the textbook definition of ‘trouble free child’ jumps on board the whole free will man-child bandwagon too.

On Saturday, we told the kids we were all going to the pool. It was close to 90 degrees outside, and a
perfect pool day. Plus, it’s probably the last chance we’ll get to go to the pool this year. My son, who is obsessed with Minecraft, was less than thrilled to hear of our plans. Tablet + bright sunlight + water = no bueno. He defiantly shouted that he WAS. NOT. GOING. TO. GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And then the little shit darling lectured me about being in control of his own life and making his own decisions.

I didn’t have the heart to tell either one of them that control is just an illusion. Once you’re an adult, instead of being in charge of your own life, your life is controlled by that rat bastard: Responsibility.

Responsibility is what hangs over my head like a huge tornado waiting to form.

Responsibility involves all sorts of fun stuff like: Do not play Candy Crush, sweep and mop the floor. Do not open the cover to that book you have been anxious to read, do the laundry. Do not even think about buying those amazing shoes you saw, the kids are going to need new clothes soon. Do not go out to eat, use that fridge full of healthy food you spent a fortune on and cook a decent meal for your family. And then do the dishes right away.

Okay, fine. I admit it; Responsibility is what keeps me going most days. Responsibility is definitely my frenemy. And as much as I hate to admit it, I actually like responsibility. That’s how it sucks you in. You are told your entire life that Responsibility is a privilege. A badge of honor, if you will. As you get older you are awarded with more responsibility! And then, you are on your own in the world with all that Responsibility. You’ve earned it! You’re an adult now! In control of your own life and your own decisions!

Then it hits you. You’ve been scammed. All those years you’ve spent wanting more independence and control over your own life? Well, that’s when you had the sweetest deal. And you didn’t even know it.

Tsk, tsk.

At the end of my kids’ pleas last week to be in more control of their own lives and blah, blah, blah – I did a horrible, horrible thing. I didn’t tell them the truth – that I’m an adult at the mercy of Responsibility and all it entails. I just gave them a big ol’ hug and told them I loved them.

Then I silently laughed and laughed.

Hi! I'm Brooke. I'm a wife, mom, daughter, friend and sometimes I write. I'm always searching for balance in my off-kilter life, which makes for great stories on girls' night, date night, and frequently on my blog. Don't worry, I change the names to protect the innocent. The guilty are on their own. Besides my family and friends I love music, photography, dancing, reading and the 80's. Want to see what I'm up to? Check out my blogs at the Daily Dose of Dahl, This and That and Song Lyrics Too, or my Daily Dose of Dahl Facebook page.

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