Girls Write Out
Thursday, May 25, 2006

School's out next week. As I listen to my 800th rendition of the Weird Al Yankovic CD, this thought scares me. Soon, my four children will go outside, play basketball for five minutes and be in to say, "I'm bored." One at a time, naturally. "Can we go swimming?" Wait....five minutes, kid number two appears, "Mom, can we go swimming?" Etc.

It will come to the point where I want to abolish the word mom from the English language.

Here's the thing, I will give them all morning, we will play cards, basketball, they'll go with me to get coffee and get a fun snack and ten minutes later, "I'm bored."

Well, I never signed on to be your daily entertainment. I don't remember ever being in the house when I was a kid. What happened? I think the world just moves so much faster than it did when I was a kid. Man, we spent the day, yes the day, singing along to the Grease album and pretending we were Sandra Dee. Maybe my kids are just smarter than I was. Hmmm.

The thought of writing through this summer is a bit daunting. But I am starting on Tuesday and while I don't have a name for the project, I do have the character. This weekend is my Seattle trip where a girlfriend and I go play and have our moments of peace before summer peels through the air. And may I just add, I have the best kids in the entire world, and wouldn't change a thing!
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 4:39 PM  
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At 6:50 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Nuh-uh, I have the best kids in the world :-) And they'll be "bored" all summer too. Maybe I should grab a pal and take off to Cabo before it all hits too!

At 7:35 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Maybe we should rent a big house in Cabo and send them. LOL

At 11:04 PM, Blogger Katie Hart said...

Buy them each a computer, set them up with an addictive game like Roller Coaster Tycoon or SimCity, and soon your only problem will be yelling at them for spending too much time on there.

Of course, I'm 22 with 8 younger siblings, so hassle-free getting-them-out-of-your-hair entertainment appeals to me.

At 11:20 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

I was just complaining to my SIL that next week my son is going to be begging me to take him here and there and why can't we go do this or that.

But yeah, I have a great kid too. Although, for a week away...=)

At 7:02 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I hear you. I'm actually very excited about the notion of no more homework, but a little fearful too, because I also have to write while their home--a first for me. Heaven help us all.

Have a terrific time in Seattle!

At 7:05 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

That's what I get for not proof reading.

"they're", not "their"

I'm sorry, my anal side came out and I had to fix it.

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Now see, Di, I would have seen that and gone, oh well, they knew what I meant. LOL I'm only anal about cars.

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Hayley Gardner said...

What ever happened to: "Oh you're bored? Lovely. I have a kitchen floor that needs to be mopped, and clothes that need to be put away?" Always worked for us as kids. We found something to do really quickly--and it wasn't housework, or bothering Mom again. (grin)

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Hayley, that is genius, and DUH, I was raised like that! I'll have to make a "bored" spreadsheet, that will scare them quick enough. LOL

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Nicole said...

I am a jr. high school cooking teacher waiting excitedly for those upcoming boring days of summer when I can sit for hours with my stack of books to read, iced tea, and my best girlfriends. :)

I love my job passionately and actually miss it by summers end. I pray frequently during the summer for all of the parents who are dealing with kids who are "bored".

My mom made us do tons of chores when we were home for summer and we really appreciated the trips to do special things between cleaning out our closets and pulling weeds.

Best wishes ladies for a fabulous summer.

At 9:53 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I can't wait for your kids in twenty years or so tell someone when they were lids ... LOL

Each generation says the same thing. I wonder ... do we forget the times we were bored? I don't know.

I do know with all the TV and computer games, kids today don't spend the time reading we did. My favorite thing to do during the summer was to grab a book and head for the hammock in the back yard to whiel away the hours, LOL My mom used to take my books away and make me go play - Run around, she used to say. :o)

I try to get my grandkids interested in reading and I get nose wrinkles.

Have a blessed summer.

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

So I'm pretty excited about your new character :)

I was such a weird kid. I never told Mom that I was bored because I always had my nose in a book. Sometimes she made me quit reading and watch TV. Oh well, I embrace my nerdiness!

At 12:31 AM, Blogger Terry said...

Hayley... you are exactly right! My mother also had a long list of 'cleaning' activities for me to do if I was ever bored. Trust me, I never told her when I was bored. When my son approaches me with the "I'm bored" statement, I know that he is fishing around for a new video game. Being the smart mom that I am, I quickly list off any number of activities that would make things a little smoother around here! My sons are teens. I work all day, but I drop in to check on them periodically throughout the day. I find myself envious of them soaking up the cool air, eating all the food and simply enjoying time to themselves. Immediately I am surrounded with questions about what I came home to cook for them, etc. Fortunately for all of us, August surely isn't that far off! Of course, summer brings a week of Christian Camp (alone time for my husband and I) and a Mission Trip for the boys (a-haa! Another week alone). We love our boys and we cherish our time with them but, we also cherish Christian Camp and Missionary Trips! Take Care All!

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

This is convincing me to just "borrow" my nieces and nephews when I get the maternal "itch"! :) lol

At 1:10 AM, Anonymous Dabbling Mum said...

Totally the world we live in. I put my writing off for the evenings and spend all morning with my 11 year old daughter and by afternoon I am tuckered out and she is saying, "What's next mommy? I'm bored?"

At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Mike Ehret said...

I'm not the only one who can sing the entire Grease album!!! We were 19-20 or so when it came out and we (myself, my future wife, my roommate, and my future wife's college roommate) would "act out" the songs. We loved Greased Lightning best!

My "kids" are 22, 20, and 16 -- they are still "bored" all day...but at least they've stopped coming to me (well mostly) for their entertainment.

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Heather said...

ROFL as I was just telling the hubby this weekend about my best friend and I putting on "Grease" shows when we were young.

I too have the best kids in the world. . .the ones I've (collectively) signed up for so many activities, I may go nuts! Didn't seem like that much when I looked at each kid's schedule individually. All I can say, is no complaints about being bored will be allowed!


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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