I’m going to admit it – I used to be a reality TV junkie. I loved watching the drama that unfolded with other people’s families and giggling along as parents struggled with the in’s and out’s of life with children. And then I had my own. And as I was running around getting ready this morning, it hit me that my life is at least as amusing as any reality TV show. I mean, I have two hams for children that think their main purpose in life is to either drive me crazy or make me laugh (depending on the day). And so it got me to thinking – and I came to the conclusion that MY reality is way more entertaining than those families on TV.
Take J-Man for example. The kid never ceases to surprise me. He’s moody and temperamental and in full blown tween drama stage. But just when I think I’m ready to wring his little neck, I walk in and find him eating breakfast in Kanye West style bright green sunglasses and it reminds me that my sweet little clown is still in there somewhere.
And while most days I am completely baffled by his thought process and actions, he never ceases to keep me laughing, crying and sometimes even cussing! He’s a combination of those shows that you can’t look away from but almost can’t watch because you just cringe when you think about what he is going to do next. Watching him is like watching five different people try to become one as he approaches his teen years and it’s infuriating and entertaining to say the least.
And then there is MillerBug – a child who lives to bring a smile to your face. He’s always into something and I call him my human tornado. Because as soon as your turn your back he’s into everything! Like emptying out his laundry basket and running around the house with it on his head. This is a phase that has been going on for a few days now and I just shrug when people stop by and give him strange looks because he won’t go anywhere without his laundry basket hat on.
And while I know the day is coming where I won’t have to feel like the human vacuum cleaner going behind him to clean up the wake of destruction he leaves, I know that my life would be so dull without this sweet boy! So for me, he’s like watching the Discovery Channel – as he navigates his way through the world and discovers cause and effect at an alarmingly fast rate!
And it made me realize something. When you’re a mom, you don’t have time for reality TV. Because you’ve been given real kids who keep you on your toes on a daily basis. And while I sometimes miss the drama that I used to watch unfold on the TV screen, I know that I’m in no way lacking in drama in my own life. And really the thing that I think I miss is being able to turn that drama off at 11 PM and go to bed since I haven’t found that off button on the kids yet.
And since life on a daily basis is exasperating and entertaining and all around fun, I’ve decided that reality TV is designed for people without crazy kids. Because in my reality, who needs more entertainment! I’ve got plenty of comedies, dramas, discovery shoes and real life antics that I can watch unfold any day – all from the confines of my own home! And that’s enough to keep me on my reality TV loving toes!
Do you have days where you feel like your life is something custom created for reality TV?