Slips of to-do-lists on scraps of paper and dried-out post-it notes flurry around like
LAUNDRY: wash, dry, iron, fold and put away.
GROCERIES: make a menu plan, make a list, go to the store and put away.
CATS: feed, provide water, clean litterbox, groom and play.
THE BOY: wash, dress, feed, hug, kiss, entertain, and “But, Mommy Please!”
Dust bunnies gather in corners.
Cats hiss and fur flies.
To-do-lists, dust bunnies, cat fur and petitions flurry around like
Floors not mopped, dishes not cleaned.
Dinner not done.
The boy: not listening, not stopping, not obeying, not being nice.
And me: nourishment, exercise, shower, sanity.
Phone calls from the teacher, notes from the school, the phone goes unanswered,
emails pile up.
Phone calls not made, bills not paid.
Out in the cold.
Flurries of to-dos, must-dos, have-tos, and what-to-dos
Snowing me in.
Small, ordinary, everyday things like
Snowflakes flurrying together
Falling down on me like a
If only I could remember where I left the shovel,
I wouldn’t be so —
Inspired by a prompt from Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop: Share a moment when you felt overwhelmed.