No, no. I’m not butchering Keats. I am reflecting on power. Often as a mom, wife, and household COO, I feel overwhelmed, powerless. But that is not so, moms. That is not so.
We have power – loads of it. In fact, we all share one super power. We are super loaders, fillers.
For example, I am the one who:
- Loads the dishwasher
- Fills out permission slips
- Refills the toilet paper when the cardboard tube hangs empty
- Loads the groceries in the car
- Fills out camp and school applications
- Loads the washing machine
- Fills small bellies with the best food I can muster at any given time
- Refills the soap dispensers when they’re empty
- Fills the Lego bin with the Legos on the floor before they lodge in someone’s foot
- Fills in nametags on Xmas and birthday gifts (after loading them into the gift box/bag
- Fills in the calendar with doctor’s appointments, birthday parties, due dates
- Fills out the homework sheets and reading logs
- Loads the big garbage can so I can roll it to the street
- Fill lunchboxes everyday x 2
I also work in reverse. I often:
- Unload the dishwasher
- Unload the washer (while simultaneously filling the dryer)
- Unload the lunchboxes to make sure nothing spilled/gets funky
- Unloads groceries that I loaded in the car earlier
See? That takes power, energy, balancing all the million little details every day, every week. And that’s all on top of whatever else I/you/we have going on: jobs, marriages, friendships (when there’s time), and maybe even a few precious minutes for me/you/ourselves. Hell, we would’ve refilled Keats’ stupid urn had we been there, amiright?
So pat yourselves on the back and revel in your power. I shall try to do the same.