Monday, January 12, 2009

Toss the pancakes

This morning I got up and made pancakes, from scratch (I know, not a difficult recipe).

Child #4: Just bit off little pieces and spit them out.
Child #3: Ate a few bites of toasted waffle from the night before. (This is actually a huge feat for her, even with the generous helping of powdered sugar for dipping, because she still won't eat bread.)
Child #2: Didn't want pancakes. Ate a gogurt instead.
Child #1: Ate a pancake, went upstairs, had a coughing fit and tossed his pancake all over the bed.

And at the time I felt like such a good mother for making pancakes for breakfast. Now a stack of them sits on the counter, getting more rubbery by the minute. I think I'll throw them to the squirrels and crows.

I sometimes read a blog called The Flourishing Mother. Sometimes it makes me feel peaceful, she is a very spiritual woman. But on days like this, when trying doesn't even do any good, I feel completely inadequate. That can be the downside of blogs for me, comparing myself to all these wonderful people who are out there, instead of being content in my own skin with the talents that God gave me. I remembered a post from this Flourishing Mother about pancakes. She actually has several of them, recipes and some with photos. If you scroll down you'll see the one that came to mind -- her children are reading at the table, quietly waiting for pumpkin pancakes.

Yup, I'm going to toss mine out the window.

8 comments:

Lynne said...

Don't be too hard on yourself, Paige. Kids don't really care--I can't remember any of mine ever saying thanks for the home made pancakes, mom. They'd all really rather have Marshmallow Mateys! Ungrateful things!
Love you!

Sally said...

Oh, Paige - I absolutely ADORE your blog and your life. It makes me pick myself up and try harder. :) And I only have two!

For the pancake record, I used to make them every morning (from a mix)- then Ethan discovered Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Ah, well.....

Sally said...

Oh, BTW - that picture is just hilarious where contrasted with your list. I'm not making fun, just wishing some people could live in MY reality for a day :).

Rebecca's Portraits and Murals said...

you're so funny..even when I know you're feeling so defeated! Im so with you girl. Especially the part about comparing yourself to all the seemingly much better mommies out there. I do it all the time when I read your blog!

Shannon said...

If you leave the pancakes on a plate all day in the sun, they make great frisbees. :)
You are amazing. So amazing, in fact, I gave you an award on my blog. Pop over and take a peak when you have time.

Megan said...

I totally get you, Paige. Today it was egg salad sandwiches, which the kids begged for, and I am now cleaning up bits of all over the kitchen. Gotta love it!

kelly said...

loved that post about the pumpkin pancakes. funny and sweet.
and you at least impressed me with your cooking a real breakfast for your kiddos! if i put the waffles in the toaster for my kids its a big day at the lees.
your kids will have all these memories of you taking the time to do something for them.
maybe i should cook tomorrow...

Alexis said...

I had a thought about this entry and the Flourishing Mother when I was out for my run- everyone blogs for different reasons, and most of them are not to record a real life journal of the downs as well as the ups. (Like my blog, for instance, is a baby book, not a real journal.) Clearly, we readers of your journal like YOU and YOUR LIFE. Thanks for sharing so much of it with us!