and the truth is nobody can. After all, we are talking about Petra, my mom. She is UNIQUE in a very chaotic kind of way.
I wish I had just a little bit of her energy, imagination, endless patience, and joy to play along with the kids. Her secret?? She is still a kid at heart. At 68. When it comes to spending time with Omaka/Paka everybody is in. All 5 grand kids (my sister’s 3 & my 2) literally fight over who is going to spend more time with her. And both Alex & I use her as a
bribe reward (nasty daughters).
If you find the strength to overlook THE MESS she leaves behind you are more than fine. I, on the other hand, left her
chaotic artistic household 15 years ago and find it difficult at times not to feel disoriented. Whenever I feel the urge to make a critical observation I find myself battling with the inner more-organised-me to keep my mouth shut and just let her be.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I am the recovering chaotic-want to be more organised-married to N. the semi neat freak-kinda gal. I like it when the house is clean and no mess is lying around (that happens once a week when the cleaning fairy comes and lasts about 10 minutes-max). I try to keep it at a living standard but If I have to choose to either spend time with the kids or tidy up the house, I will definitely choose to tidy up the house (just kidding) 😉
For now, I ll let the kids enjoy their grandma (preferably at her house-for obvious reasons) and try to blend in as much as possible. Who knows? An occasional escape from reality might do me wonders, don’t you think?
until next time