Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Just Give Me Five Minutes!

Have you heard of the book, "Five Minutes' Peace," by Jill Murphy?  It is one of my favorites!

(Photo courtesy of amazon.com)
One morning the mama elephant, Mrs. Large, walks into the kitchen to find a colossal, breakfast mess!  Her three rambunctious children have spilled a box of cereal all over the floor; the youngest one wearing his corn flakes.  A turned-over jar of honey is dripping down the table legs and crushed soft-boiled eggs liter the counter.    

Mrs. Large takes one look at the disaster and sighs heavily.  She tucks her newspaper into her bathrobe pocket, places her tea on a tray, and lumbers off to the bathroom.  She turns on the faucet and draws herself a nice, warm, relaxing bubble bath.  All she wants is five minutes.  That's it.  Five minutes to relax.  Five minutes of peace.  Five minutes to soothe her "mama soul" before facing the day...and her children!  (Sound familiar?)

  
Unfortunately, her bubble bath quickly loses it's therapeutic properties!  She is joined by her children--one who serenades her on the flute, one who wishes to read aloud to her, and one who bombards her with bath toys.  Eventually, all three children hop into the tub with her!  Poor Mrs. Large.  She can't catch a break!  She gets out of the tub and returns to the kitchen, where she miraculously (and jubilantly) enjoys "three minutes and forty-five seconds" of peace before her children find her again.

This sweet and delightful book is pure joy to read.  The ending always makes me smile.  Perhaps my affinity for the book stems from the fact that it is so easy to relate to!  As mothers, we love our children immensely--a "to the moon and back" kind of love!  We do so much to ensure their happiness.  Our worlds revolve around them.  We work hard day-to-day. 

BUT SOMETIMES WE NEED A BREAK!  Just five minutes to breathe deeply.  To eat a cookie.  To drink a Diet Coke.  To lie down and close our eyes.  To meditate.  To cry.  To read a chapter in a book.   

To use the bathroom! 


Whether it's five minutes, three minutes and forty-five seconds, one minute, or twenty seconds, take a little break today.  Do something nice for yourself.  YOU DESERVE IT!     

19 comments:

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  2. Does it count that I'm at work and don't see my babies yet am still so tired and pooped and ready for my five minutes then? Guess I'll have to put my down on my desk and imagine the bubbles around me. Today I'm dreading going home because I'm SO tired. :/

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  3. Does it count that I'm at work and don't see my babies yet am still so tired and pooped and ready for my five minutes then? Guess I'll have to put my down on my desk and imagine the bubbles around me. Today I'm dreading going home because I'm SO tired. :/

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  4. Bahahahahahaha! I just watched the movie and I am cracking up!!! This is Mason! Ha ha ha! I totally feel your pain!

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  5. Haha, I LOVE YOU! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who hides out in my bathroom! Seriously. It's the only way to catch up on my IG feed. And eat things I don't want my kids to steal. Good for you ;)

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  6. And this is why I love you! You record yourself while you are sitting on the toilet and you remind me to take a minute for myself. Thanks for the reminder my friend.
    PS- Tell Lilly-I couldn't agree with her more.

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  7. oh wow. darn it. Good thing your door has a lock!

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  8. You are awesome! I love that you posted this. Now you just need some headphones or earplugs. Thank goodness for nap time!

    AND that sounds like a darling book- i'll have to check it out!

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  9. This book looks adorable! I did not even have 5 minutes to read this post because my 11 month old pulled the plug that powered the computer!

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  10. this CRACKED me up!! i read it yesterday and didn't get a chance to comment on it. i was telling my mom about it and we were laughing. i've never heard of the book but it sounds SO cute! your video made me LOL!!! hahahaha, i love when you said "just doin' my thing!" LOL! oh mama, i miss you so much!
    i hope you get a few precious minutes on the potty today! <3<3<3
    i love you
    tacohead

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  11. Next time I am in the book store, I am getting this book for sure! Thanks so much for sharing and I love the video!

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  12. We love Five Minutes of Peace. In fact, we have read it so much that sadly it's beginning to fall apart. The video you posted was hilarious! Loved how you asked if it was bed time yet at the end. I think I've already asked myself that a half a dozen times already today.

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  13. classic. thanks for the memories!

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  14. Oh man! I can relate! I was just telling Staci that it is almost creepy that I am so used to getting my butt grazed all of the time because I have a 16 month old who is constantly smacking my legs and butt! Moms rock.

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I LOVE hearing from you! Thanks for making my day brighter with your comments! I mean it. (Now go have yourself a Diet Coke!)