Do you often feel like every day is Groundhog Day? Every year, my kids look forward to Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast on Groundhog Day. He’s the famous groundhog that predicts whether we’ll have six more weeks of winter (and how soon we’ll need to start shopping the sale racks for spring trends). I can’t help it, but every Groundhog Day, I think of the B movie starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell where the same day is repeated over and over again for an egotistical reporter named Phil Connors. He’s stuck in a time warp, a time loop, a rut, a living H-E–double hockey sticks and can’t escape. No matter what he does, Phil wakes up to the same song, the same people, the same circumstances. Over and over again. (Stay with me, I’m getting to a point soon, I promise.)
Forget marmots or Murrays. This year, I’m dedicating Groundhog Day to fellow mothers who “get” Phil’s perpetual predicament.
Think of all the tasks that you have to repeat over and over again, no matter what you do:
The laundry – As soon as you wash, dry, fold and put away everyone’s laundry, another load (or five) is piling up, waiting for you!
The dishes – As soon as you unload the dishwasher and load it with all the dirty dishes and pans, you get to do it again. And again. And again!
Vacuuming – As soon as you vacuum all the floors, the kids, the dog, your husband, even you unknowingly track in dirt, snow and mud. So, guess what? Yeah! You get to vacuum the entire house again!
The Bills – You pay them all and feel so accomplished. And then the following month, woo—hoo, you get to pay them again!
Other tasks that have this same “Groundhog Day” effect:
Picking Up Dog Poop-sicles
Mowing the lawn
Washing the car
Insert anything a mom does here!
Can I get an Amen?
For the love of Punxsutawney Phil, thankfully we have our families, friends, good wine, cheese dip and chocolate to help keep us sane through it all. 😉 Happy Groundhog Day!
Leah DeCesare said:
AMEN! It is SO TRUE! The tedium of motherhood, the tasks and details that we repeat day in day out! Hour in hour out …! Great new term you’ve coined – I like GroundMOM day!
melissa weintraub (@dentistmel) said:
Hah- so true! Say thing…Different day is my saying!
When the Kids Go To Bed said:
Amen!! so true! All these things we do while hearing the constant “mom, mom, mom, mom” in the background like elavator music, only a bit shriekier.
Jane - MomGenerations.com said:
This is so true! There are no kids in the equation yet for us, bu there are 3 dogs, so for me it’s wiping muddy paws, washing their dog bed covers regularly (they shed like crazy!), vacuuming dog hair, mopping the dirty floors, plus doing all the normal household chores. So, Amen!
Heather @ Kraus House Mom said:
You clean the living room, walk out, come back and it’s trashed again.
Jennifer (Savor) said:
Awesome equations Miss Jackie!