Any parent knows that it’s important to roll with the punches.
No matter how crazy life can get, it can, and will, get crazier. From tantrums to work deadlines, soccer games to last-minute posterboard projects, moms and dads have to be prepared for just about anything. But here’s the true secret: You can never really prepare.
Mom of seven Tara Wood knows this all too well. But the parenting lesson was reinforced in a big way recently.
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She wrote all about it in a candid Facebook post:
“It’s been an emotionally and physically challenging week but then life delivered some super crap yesterday morning which let me know that things were pretty much back to our abnormal normal around here.”
As she sent one of her daughters off to school, they both noticed a smokey smell. After checking all around for the culprit — and the stench getting stronger — Tara began to (understandably) panic.
“I shook Garrett awake while low key screaming “WAKE UP SOMETHING IS ON FIRE BUT I CANT FIND WHAT IT IS AND WE’RE ALL ABOUT TO DIE I THINK!”
He was all “What now?”
And I was “…SOMETHING IS BURNING IN THIS HOUSE AND THERE ARE SIX KIDS AND A HOBBLED DOG AND WE ALL NEED TO ESCAPE RIGHT NOW PUT ON YOUR PANTS AND HELP ME NOT DIE WOULD YOU?”
After searching more rooms, Tara found the source of the smoke: the room where her son was playing video games — totally oblivious to the potentially life-threatening smoke-filled space.
Tara writes, “I looked up and saw a sock- one of Leo’s socks- smoldering and melting onto the bulb of the ceiling light fixture.” Yelling as she tries to get the sock off the overhead light.
“WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING LEO YOUR SOCK IS ABOUT TO CATCH OUR HOUSE ON FIRE … WE COULD HAVE HAD A SOCK FIRE!”
And while I’m standing in a chair and using one of Marigold’s dolls- which now has a disfigured, melty head because it’s what I used to push the flaming gym sock off of the bulb and onto the floor, Leo just sheepishly shrugged his shoulders and said “‘Sock Fire’ would be a cool band name.’
And I was all “YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THIS COULD HAVE BEEN CATASTROPHIC, RIGHT? AND YES THAT WOULD BE A COOL BAND NAME BUT RIGHT NOW I NEED YOU TO OPEN THE WINDOWS AND WINDMILL YOUR ARMS AROUND BECAUSE THE SMELL IS ALL IN MY MOUTH AND I JUST WASHED MY HAIR AND IMMA BE PISSED IF I SMELL LIKE A BONFIRE TODAY GET TO FLAILING, FIRESTARTER!”
One crisis averted, Tara sat down, took some deep breaths, and finally had her morning coffee.
Just five minutes later, another one of her daughters came over to tell her some great news:
“Mommy, Marigold is outside holding a baby squirrel … It’s so cute! And it’s not even scared of her. He’s just letting her hold him and kiss him and he’s not even moving- come see him!”
Naturally, Mom was curious. “It was all true,” Tara shared. “Marigold was holding a six inch long baby squirrel,” and it was D-E-A-D. She asked her daughter if she could hold the little guy and she responded, “‘No. He sleepy time. I make him warm.’ And then she put him IN HER SHIRT, y’all.”
After promising tasty snacks if she handed the carcass over:
“I placed his very deceased, limp body in a plastic bag, gave Marigold a quick bleach scrub down and made good on my Doritos and fudge pop promise.
All of this happened before 7:00am.
And that’s how life reminds you that [stuff] can always be weirder so just, like, roll with it.”
Bottom line, it’s okay to not know what you’re going to do from one minute to the next. As long as you can look back at it and laugh, we think you’re doing just fine!
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