The other day we were walking home from the promenade when neither girl wanted to leave. I put them both in the stroller and told them it was time to go and it wasn’t their decision… it was mine. They were screaming and it was over a mile home. I was losing my mind and wondering who could I call for help – there should be a hotline. Literally I didn’t know what I was going to do. I was in a panic neither girl would stop crying. Then suddenly I looked down and saw some headphones on the ground someone had lost. I picked them up willing to risk any sort of random ear germs or diseases and popped them in blasting my i phone on Pandora. And walked home as fast as I could. The kids cried the whole way home, people staring at me for letting them scream. The dirty looks kept coming but I had found sanity at least for my walk home singing Hey There Delilah. And then I finally got my girls home and they were inconsolable because they had been crying for 30 minutes. I calmed them down and put them down for a nap. I really wanted to run away from home. But just five minutes later – five minutes into my mommy time out. I felt awful and missed them and even contemplated crawling into bed with my daughter. But what I have is learned noise canceling headphones can save your life.
Then when they woke up I said “I love you Ila you are special” and she said “thank you mommy”. And then suddenly you no longer want to run away.