Carry me!

An Hour in the Life of a Mom

(thoroughly embellished, and told in the style of Robert Munsch)

One rainy morning when Katie was three, Katie’s mom said to her, “Guess what Katie? Today is your twin cousins, Aaron and Amanda’s, birthday, and we’re going to meet them at a restaurant for lunch!”

“Yay!” shouted Katie.  She liked Aaron and Amanda and their mom, Auntie Amy, and she especially liked eating in restaurants.  She ran to her room to get dressed. She put on her favourite purple trousers, and her favourite orange tee-shirt, all by herself. Then she helped her mom wrap Aaron and Amanda’s presents. Katie was very good at putting her finger on the ribbons to help her mom tie knots.

Once the presents were wrapped, Katie’s mom helped her put on her lime green raincoat. Then she got ready herself: she carefully put Katie’s baby brother, Simon, into his sling and strapped it to her front, without even waking Simon up. She slung a diaper bag over one shoulder, and her purse over the other, and then carefully picked up the presents for Aaron and Amanda. With her one free hand she carefully opened the front door. “Come on Katie, it’s time to go!” she said.

“Yay!” shouted Katie. Then she asked, “Carry me?”

“Katie, honey, I’m already carrying your baby brother Simon, Simon’s diaper bag, my purse, and presents for Aaron and Amanda. I can’t carry you too. You’re a big girl. You have to walk.”

“NOOOOOO! CARRY ME!” screamed Katie, as she ran after her mom to the car.

With one hand, Katie’s mom opened the car door.  She carefully set down the presents and the diaper bag and her purse, and then she gently strapped baby Simon into his car seat, without even waking him up.

 “CARRY ME!” screamed Katie, as she ran up to the car.  Baby Simon woke up and started crying.  Katie’s mom picked her up and put her in her booster seat, calmed down Simon, and drove to the restaurant.

 At the restaurant, Katie’s mom parked the car.  She unbuckled Katie from her booster seat.  Then she gently put Katie’s baby brother, Simon, into his sling and strapped it to her front, without even waking Simon up. She slung a diaper bag over one shoulder, and her purse over the other, and then carefully picked up the presents for Aaron and Amanda.  With her one free hand, she helped Katie out of the car, and locked the doors.  “Let’s go in and see if Aaron and Amanda and Auntie Amy are already here,” she said.

“Yay!” shouted Katie.  Then she asked, “Carry me?”

“Katie, honey, I’m already carrying your baby brother Simon, Simon’s diaper bag, my purse, and presents for Aaron and Amanda. I can’t carry you too. You’re a big girl. You have to walk.”

NOOOOOO! CARRY ME!” screamed Katie, as she ran after her mom to the restaurant.  “CARRY ME!  CARRY ME!  CARRY MEEEEEEEEE!”

Inside the restaurant, Aaron and Amanda and Auntie Amy weren’t there yet, and there was a long line-up.  Katy hung onto her mom’s leg for a while, sniffling.  After a while, she asked again, “Carry me?”

“I’m sorry Katie, sweetheart, I’m already carrying your baby brother Simon, Simon’s diaper bag, my purse, and presents for Aaron and Amanda. I can’t carry you too. You’re a big girl. You have to stand, or you can sit on that chair.”

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”, shrieked Katie, “CARRY MEEEEEEEEE!”

Baby Simon woke up and started crying.  “WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

Everybody in line, and everybody in the restaurant, stared at them.  Katy’s mom jiggled and shushed Simon, and then carefully squatted down and put her one free arm around Katie – without dropping her purse or the diaper bag or the presents for Aaron and Amanda.  She stroked Katie’s hair and kissed her on the forehead and told her that she loved her and everything would be OK.  Katie sniffled a bit and stopped crying.

A few minutes later, Aunty Amy and Aaron and Amanda arrived, and it was time to go sit down.  Katie’s mom carefully stood back up – without dropping her purse or the diaper bag or the presents for Aaron and Amanda, or jostling Baby Simon – took Katie’s hand, and started walking towards the table.

CARRY ME! CARRY ME!  CARRY MEEEEE!” shrieked Katie.

At the table, Katie’s mom carefully set down her purse and the diaper bag and the presents for Aaron and Amanda, and put Simon in a high chair.  Then she sat down and picked up Katie and put her in her lap and gave her a hug.

“PUT ME DOWN!!!!”

And that’s the end of that story.  I wish Allie from Hyperbole and a Half could illustrate it.

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Sometimes I like to post pictures of my cat or my garden or my sewing or other stuff I made or did. Other times I like to rant.
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