Perpetual Motion

I am a Mom in perpetual motion

I am a mom in perpetual motion.  From the moment I open my eyes every morning until I eventually lay my head down at night, I never stop moving.

The lists of things to be done are long, never ending, never finished.

Wake up the kids, feed the kids, grab coffee myself…try to breathe.

Hurry up, we can’t be late!

Where are your shoes?  Where is your backpack?  What do you mean you don’t want to wear a jacket today?

Hurry, hurry! Never stop hurrying!

Do two things, three things, four things at once whenever possible.  It’s the only way to get it all done.  Focus here, no there.  Everywhere.  Nowhere.

Drink more coffee; turn on the computer; get to work.  Watch the clock.

Hurry, hurry, can’t be late!  Pick up this kid, then the other.  Check the backpacks, sign the agendas.  Help with homework.  Wonder, was homework this hard when I was a kid?  Thankfully the teenager can help her little brother with math!  Remember when 2×2=4?  Yeah, let me tell you about Common Core Math!

We’re moving again, never stop moving.  Always in a rush.  Eat your dinner, just a couple bites.  While they eat I’m loading the dishwasher, sweeping the floor, wiping down the counter.

Never.  Stop.  Moving.

Can you put your backpack away?  Find your shoes so the morning will be smoother.  What do you mean you don’t know where they are?

The daughter needs to get to dance class, the son needs to get to karate.  Everyone hurry to the car, and off we go.

On the move again!

Drop one kid off, hurry to the next place, drop the other kid off, run errands while they’re busy. Where is my list?

Pick up the first kid, then the second, and we’re back home again.

Yes, you do need a shower.

Yes, you do have to wash your hair.

Hurry, your sister is waiting to get in the bathroom.

Do you need a snack?  Okay, I’m tucking you in!

It’s finally starting to quiet down.  The noise of the day is winding down, and I am running out of steam but I am still not finished for the day!  Check the laundry, empty the dishwasher, and make sure we have milk.  Don’t forget to set up the coffee pot!

Even as I lay my head down at night, my brain is still in perpetual motion.  Making tomorrow’s to-do list, adding to the top the things from today’s list that didn’t get done.

I am a mom in perpetual motion.

There’s always tomorrow.



28 Comments on Perpetual Motion

  1. Elizabeth
    April 25, 2014 at 6:21 PM (3 months ago)

    Oh, I must be a perpetual motion mommy too! Today…I feel pooped. My motion meter must be in slow motion. We did have a big day, though. A wedding! I guess I have to get my motion on for tonight! Good post. Found you at SITS!

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    • Angela
      April 25, 2014 at 6:31 PM (3 months ago)

      Thanks for visiting! I hope the wedding was fun!

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  2. dishofdailylife
    April 25, 2014 at 7:13 PM (3 months ago)

    I know the feeling quite well. These days I am so much on overload that I can’t remember if I am coming or going!

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    • Angela
      April 26, 2014 at 6:56 PM (3 months ago)

      Exactly. I feel like I am running in place.

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  3. Nancy
    April 25, 2014 at 8:22 PM (3 months ago)

    I am so tired right now, for the same reason! Thank goodness tomorrow is Saturday and I can sleep in… Ha ha ha ha!! Sorry, meant to say, I can go slower, at least. :/

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    • Angela
      April 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM (3 months ago)

      Sleep in? Good one! LOL

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  4. Debbie Roberts
    April 26, 2014 at 8:46 AM (3 months ago)

    I think your post summed up Motherhood pretty well! I doubt there is a Mum out there who can’t relate to this, although the one change I would make to your morning routine would be to grab the coffee first before waking up the children.

    Trying to cope with children before a whiff of caffeine is impossible and I am sure illegal too or maybe that’s just in this house!

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    • Angela
      April 26, 2014 at 6:58 PM (3 months ago)

      Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  5. Colleen
    April 26, 2014 at 9:49 AM (3 months ago)

    So true! Motherhood defies the Newton’s Law. A mom at rest remains in motion!

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    • Angela
      April 26, 2014 at 6:58 PM (3 months ago)

      Absolutely!

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  6. Katie @ Pick Any Two
    April 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM (3 months ago)

    People talk about “Inbox Zero” and I just chuckle. As a mom the very idea of having any task—email, housecleaning, meal fixing, work—completely finished is laughable. There is always more to do!

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    • Angela
      April 26, 2014 at 6:59 PM (3 months ago)

      I would probably have an anxiety attack convinced I forgot something HUGE,

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  7. The Mad Mommy
    April 26, 2014 at 9:55 PM (3 months ago)

    I am a perpetual motion mother as well! Even when it seems that I have stopped, I haven’t!

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    • Angela
      April 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM (3 months ago)

      Exactly right, even when I appear to be resting, my mind is spinning and spinning!

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  8. The Dose of Reality
    April 26, 2014 at 10:01 PM (3 months ago)

    Oh, SO TRUE!! I feel like I’m in perpetual motion these days. You nailed it!! –Lisa

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    • Angela
      April 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM (3 months ago)

      It’s so good to know I’m in the majority not the minority! Thanks Lisa!

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  9. Rhonda Richards Graham
    April 28, 2014 at 7:58 AM (3 months ago)

    You nailed it! That is life….. Exactly. Just add in the fact that it takes twice as long to accomplish anything because nobody listens to me the first 5 times I say something.

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    • Angela
      April 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM (3 months ago)

      Oh my gosh yes! Put your shoes on, put your shoes on, put your shoes ON! Take a shower, take a shower, take a SHOWER! Every. Single. Day!

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  10. Karen @ From the Garden Table
    April 28, 2014 at 8:03 AM (3 months ago)

    You, again, hit the nail on the head! I more thing to add that while doing all that you have to try to take a few bites to eat too!

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    • Angela
      April 28, 2014 at 8:52 AM (3 months ago)

      Yes, I do manage to eat! I remember the toddler years though when it seemed like the food on my plate always looked better to the kids than what I put on theirs!

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  11. katbiggie
    April 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM (3 months ago)

    Story of my life…. it’s never ending. I think that’s more of the reason why I am always so exhausted… I know it’s never DONE.

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    • Angela
      April 28, 2014 at 9:16 AM (3 months ago)

      Yep, even when I give up and go to bed I’m still spinning and spinning!

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  12. Stephanie
    April 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM (3 months ago)

    This is exactly how I feel. Always going – my brain is too busy to relax and that isn’t a great thing, is it?

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    • Angela
      April 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM (3 months ago)

      No, it’s kind of the worst part isn’t it??

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  13. Lori Hil
    April 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM (3 months ago)

    I just have to say Kudos to all you moms! You women rock! I have borrowed a lot of kids (used to teach Preschool and Kindergarten) I cannot imagine the 24/7. But, I think it is the most beautiful job in the world and I’m proud of you!

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  14. Angie
    June 18, 2014 at 7:22 AM (1 month ago)

    I know that feeling – I am so looking forward to our upcoming vacation – relaxing and being in the moment is on the list.

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    • Angela
      June 18, 2014 at 9:39 AM (1 month ago)

      Oh my gosh that sounds heavenly! Take me with you!

      Reply

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