The Monotony of Motherhood

“It’s Like Deja-vu, All Over Again”  -Yogi Berra

I rock the baby in the dark, his hand holding my shirt. Eyelids raise, close, raise, close, to the rhythm of the rocking and it’s up and down, slowly now.

The muffins are in the oven and music’s in the air. I rock and count the songs to fourteen minutes. I say a small prayer, “Lord, let me hear the timer. It’s fourteen minutes and this is a slow rock”.

I settle and smell the baby’s head and we incie weencie spider our way to sugared donut muffins and sleep, respectively.

Outside the evening tucks itself in quietly with crisp breezes and gentle rustles, but inside I hear the noisy sounds of sheet music while my boys play in their beds. There’s a giggle and a whisper, set to the beat of the creak of my rocker, with a cheer from children’s music on the kitchen radio. Kermit faintly croaks about being a proud frog in the Glen, and a two year old stumbles confidently through bedtime sentences. He’s sitting up in his bed, softly reciting the things he knows, repeating things to remember.

It’s momma, dadda, night-night time, cars. It’s sometimes, sometimes, sometimes. A new favorite of his, this word, sometimes. I listen to his chant and the clack of matchbox cars in the dark.

I listen to my four year old’s whispered theology. God made us special, much more special than squirrels. We get boo-boos and then we get scabs, because God made us, He made us this way; better than squirrels.

The squirrel’s are a surprise, but I say Amen anyway as I eavesdrop on his soul talk.

Baby’s eyes are closed, and time’s up.

 I lay him down and walk over the toys I picked up before dinner. They’re back, intent on living in the hallway, plotting their midnight assassination attempt towards my tired feet.  I kick them away and hurry toward the oven. Everything is up and down, words, actions, messes and monotony. At night, my life is on the gentle cycle of the dryer; tumble and turn. Children sigh and lights dim. Momma eats a muffin. Rinse and repeat.

For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”  G.K. Chesterton

30 thoughts on “The Monotony of Motherhood

  1. yes. i love this i love this i love this. and i love that your children are also being kept from aliens reading their minds. jodi and nancy will be oh so proud. i think i better get on it. my kids have some good things in there, i better protect them with some tin foil. think i will go to bed smiling tonight.


  2. This is just one of the best things you've ever written. Chock full of precious treasure. It made me cry. I am sick, again, today, and somehow this made me see, through the pain and the fear, the love of the Father for His children. Thank you.


  3. I needed such loveliness this morning.
    More than you could know.

    Thank you, JoAnn.

    Coming here is always a joy, a blessing, a sigh of relief.

    Rinse. Repeat.


  4. I opened this post at oh, say 9 a.m.? I read the title and the first line and stopped, because it was so good that I wanted to give it my full attention. And that didn't happen until now, 7:09 pm. And it was worth it.


  5. Just stopped by from Flower Patch Farmgirl. This spoke to me deeply. This is my life only you were the one that put it to words!! So wonderful to know someone else is experiencing the same monotony. You have a beautiful family! Gonna look around some more. 🙂


  6. I love this, not just because I have three wee ones, just the same ages as yours, and not just because there are toys intent on living in your space, but also because I struggle with the monotony of motherhood mightily. And I love those muffins.


  7. I love eavesdropping on my children… Now that is never monotonous!!! I especially love on-the-spot made up songs venting how hard life as a child is. lol… (Where did those lyrics go?)

    These boys are so handsome and sweet…


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