back to school

As I pondered all the glorious things that stem from back to school, the one that struck me as the most fantastic was the prospect of grocery shopping with only three kids.

Why, that's practically a vacation!

Then I realized that to most people, shopping with three kids would be the exact opposite.

I guess it's all in your perspective.

So while the rest of you think I'm crazy, and the greeter lady at Costco continues to comment (every week!) on how many helpers I have, I'm just going to enjoy the break.

And also, these words from Jim Gaffigan.

"I watch the faces of single people in their twenties after I bring up that I ‘have children.’ I imagine them taking a small step backward as if to avoid contagion, with a look of ‘Sorry to hear that’ on their face. Like I naively volunteered to contract leprosy, forever quarantining myself from the world of having fun by having children. Well, why not? I guess the reasons against having more children always seem uninspiring and superficial. What exactly am I missing out on? Money? A few more hours of sleep? A more peaceful meal? More hair? These are nothing compared to what I get from these five monsters who rule my life. I believe each of my five children has made me a better man. So I figure I only need another thirty-four kids to be a pretty decent guy. Each one of them has been a pump of light into my shriveled black heart. I would trade money, sleep, or hair for a smile from one of my children in a heartbeat. Well, it depends on how much hair.”

Which is pretty much how I feel about my five (almost six) kids. {Though I do have to add that it's not just singles. Plenty of people with children balk at the number I have.}

1 comment:

Rachael said...

Isn't it funny having a big family? People think you're crazy and you definitely have lots of perspective. Are you having a boy or a girl this time?