There are two tasks that I truly dislike. One is folding laundry, as evidenced by the current mounds that occupy a good portion of my basement (and most likely my dryer as well. I could happily live forever out of my laundry baskets. Folding laundry just seems to me to be an exercise in futility. I seriously feel like that hamster running frantically on its wheel. You never get anywhere, you know...)
The other is making sandwiches for lunches. Elizabeth is old enough that and apparently cool enough that I dare not taint her lunch with my unholy, un-cool hands. She packs her own shit. I am also a bad wife and make Charles pack his. This leaves Charlie and Alexis.
Charlie is still young enough that she pretty much has no say in what she eats. She gets sent to daycare with leftovers. Alexis, however, has been corrupted by that oh so powerful force known as children her age and long ago dug her heels in on the leftover thing. She now demands a sandwich for lunch. The nerve, I tell you...I think I need to remind her of the hell that was her labor and delivery...
I really don't know why I dislike this task so. I could possibly blame it on her wanting a PB&J, the most labor intensive of the sandwiches. You have to get the correct ratio of the PB to the J, then spreading out the jelly...and those little fucking globs that JUST WON'T SPREAD....then there is the whole don't taint the PB with the J or vice versa; so really you HAVE to use two utensils to make it. Is there any greater sandwich snobbery than having to use TWO utensils? I think not. Then you have to use the nifty little cutter thingy that I have that removes the crusts (BECAUSE GOD FORBID THERE BE DARK BROWN CRAP AROUND THE EDGES, MOTHER!!!) and cuts it diagonally for you...bringing the total utensil usage up to THREE. It gets very stressful. Though I do admit that sometimes I exploit my child's distaste for dark brown crap and buy multi-grain bread. Whatcha gonna do now, huh? That entire bitch is dark brown!
At any rate, it is not her desire for the childhood classic as I hated it when she wanted bologna, when she wanted salami, when she wanted turkey. I just hate making sandwiches. Maybe it's because I don't eat them really myself. Maybe it is somehow related to how often my mother did or did not hug me as a child. I really don't fucking know, or care. I am sure there is some grand symbolic meaning behind my reluctance to engage in all activities sandwich-making, but the internets haz funny videos made by funny peeps, so...
I delegated for a while. I asked Charles to make it for me. Not sure he really understood why, but he lives with me and usually does not pretend to fully understand me, so he went with it. Then it just got to the point where I just started to do it.
Herein lies the problem. I think every working mother struggles with this very thing. I just make all of the lunches at once, and if Charles is not readily available I just do it instead of waiting. I am just too busy in my mind to wait. Hell, I try thinking of ways to multi-task while brushing my teeth. I am at the point to where I would try to pay bills during sex if I thought my husband would let me.
When did I get to the point where slowing down and waiting a minute became a sin? What am I running from? And how does this interrelate with some of what is going on in my life now? All very worthy questions I need to ask myself.
So much for not analyzing.