A miracle happened today – I didn’t get mad at anyone or anything.
Could this be because I have no energy as the last 7 days of Ramadan wind down? Or could it be that I am finally turning over a new and more patient leaf? Who knows? What I do know is that both Ali and Maya seem a bit out of sorts with my newfound mellowness.
It all started this morning when Maya kicked things off bright and early by building a tent in the living room.
On any other occasion I would have freaked out that pillows were everywhere, that Dora’s rather unattractive face was somehow going to dirty my white sofa, and that Maya probably scratched the table when she pushed all of the coffee table items into a jumble in the corner. (She did.)
Today I just stared longingly at the disarray of remotes wishing I had the energy to stack them in an orderly manner. I didn’t. And when Maya asked if she could leave the tent up all day I surprised myself by saying, “Sure, why not?”
Needless to say, it was a free for all after that.
Maya: “Can I have sushi and raspberries from Whole Foods for dinner, Mama?”
Me: “Okay, sure.”
Maya – “Is it alright if I play my flute with my nose?”
Me – “If that’s what you need to do, then by all means.”
Maya – “Will you take a picture of me doing it?”
Me – “You got it.”
Maya: “Can we make Double Chocolate Chip Cookies and can I lick the bowl?”
Me: “I guess. But don’t come to me if your stomach hurts from eating raw, possibly tainted eggs.”
After much discussion on the word “tainted” and after several minutes of deliberation Maya licked the bowl clean. It’s been a few hours and she appears to be fine so I guess our eggs were fine too.
Ali, on the other hand, was at odds with my new calmness.
Ali: “I know you are fasting but can you make me a turkey sandwich for lunch today?”
Me: “Why not?”
Ali: “I won’t be home for dinner tomorrow night. Is that going to be a problem?”
Me: “Not at all.”
Ali: “I’m hiring several girls to walk around in skimpy outfits to promote an event in San Francisco. What do you think?”
Me: “That sounds like a fantastic idea to me.”
After looking at me oddly and not without fear, Ali and Maya retreated to her room and shut the door. I think they are waiting for the other shoe to drop.
I am too because we all know it’s only a matter of time.