I am beyond thrilled to share our first contributor piece. The response to and for this little project has been overwhelming, and has brought me such delight over the past couple of days. Please make sure you share the page, share the Facebook Page, and also make sure you follow us! So, without further ado I present Genevieve. – C
|Genevieve is mommy to two kids and one of the bloggers from That’s What She Crafted. She spends much of her week keeping her busy household running as smooth as she can while dashing back and forth from various volunteering tasks at her kids’ schools. After the kids are asleep, she fullfills the itch to be crafty through sewing or knitting while binge watching a variety of movies and shows. Each day is a task in trying to find her inner super mom and taking it one “hurry up we need to leave NOW!” at a time.|
Just a quick back story on our friendship – as you know Caitlin is an Army wife, living the nomad life. Me? Not a military wife at all… an Air Force Brat once upon a time, so I understand the dependent side of being a military nomad. I did not marry a service member, yet we move just like they do. My husband is an engineer, and in our 10 years of marriage we have moved 5 times! This does not include the times I moved “back home” to teach on my own during our first year of marriage. Some of you will remember that teaching jobs and the recession didn’t mix well.
In January 2016, we moved to the brown, drab, and desolate desert of the Southwest from the green, perfect lushiousness of the Pacific Northwest. Can you tell that we missed all the green and water? We knew basically no body. My oldest was in kindergarten, and I ended that school year about the same amount of people as when we first moved to the area.
Then fall happened – a new school year, and a new routine! We walked to school like we planned, and what do you know? There’s this nice other mom who didn’t mind making awkward small talk with me! She wore Doctor Who leggings to pick up, I thought oooohh!! someone who could share in my geekiness! She then sealed the deal she wore Harry Potter leggings – she is a Slytherin, but my Hufflepuff heart accepts all, or maybe my Ravenclaw brain knew she wasn’t one to let run away. We continued the small talk branching into chats about fandoms and then one day she gave me a post-it note with her name, number, and permission to text “whenever.” Pretty sure we didn’t even make it back to the house before texts were flying back and forth.
We were in the honeymoon phase of our mommy love affair – she even ended up moving down the street from us. We could yell (or text) from our driveways at each other that the garage door was open, or that the dogs were out!
Then we, really I should say I, ruined it… We decided to up and move. Just 8 hours away, but none the less move away. Before we moved away for good we decided on a last hurrah; this was to be an end of the year pizza party with water balloon fun, but life got in the way and we had to cancel. See my mom died, fuck cancer, and through it all Caitlin was a text away. She armed with lemon bars and a solid shoulder to cry on. The end of May was absolutely traumatic. Yet, I needed some fun too and so did my kids. So, pizza party was back on for June once we returned from funeral services and taking care of various things.
Pizza day arrived, and it was the first thing I had been truly excited about. Caitlin was bringing Sangria. I had 200 water balloons filled for the five kids. Homemade pizza dough was made the night before, and toppings were in little bowls ready to top dough and get shoved in the oven. We ate. The kids changed into suits and played their hearts out. The grown ups relaxed, chatted, laughed. It really was the perfect family affair. Then the youngest three, ages 3, 4, and 4, decided they weren’t going to wait for me to fill the last few water balloons. They wanted to play upstairs in our loft. Cool. Here are your clothes, change, have fun. Big kids, ages 7 and 8, continue to play with the water balloons and squirt guns. Grown ups still blissfully enjoying each other’s company. We can hear the kids up stairs playing with the Hulk hands and Duplos.
Then the big kids are done outside, and come into to change. Suddenly, all hell breaks loose, and my oldest is calling down from the upstairs bathroom, “Umm guys? Can someone come help me?” All grown ups stop, look at each other, and wonder why the seven-year-old needs help? I call up, “No you can change on your own.” He responds, “Ummm but there is poop on the toilet.”
Now, if I could have had a camera and snapped Cailtin’s face it would have been the perfect face for utter panic. She knew it was her kid’s poop. She. Just. Knew. She BOLTED up the stairs as the other three grown ups in our group sat staring at each other. Then we heard, “Honey get up here!” At this point I assumed there was probably poop all over my bathroom. Toilet, sink, cabinets, floor. I mean that was the tone of the “get up here”.
So her husband goes up, comes back down, and confirms there is poop. So, what can you do? I dash upstairs with some Clorox wipes to see her looking back at me with pleading “OMG how is this happening” eyes with her three-year-old in front of her as she tries to strip him down. The poop, the toilet and the floor? No big deal. Not for this former cloth diapering mama! Poop is poop. I ask about clothes and if she wants a bag for his clothes or to toss them. She asks for baby wipes to clean him down. I laugh and tell her to use the tub and the handheld shower head. Now she’s hosing down Tiny. Her husband and my husband are wiping things down. I’m grabbing clothing of my 4 year old daughter’s that might fit and end with a bright yellow “bike for dad” shirt from Thailand, striped undies, and I think pink shorts.
In all of this there is laughter as we discuss how now our lives are forever sealed by poop. For my husband next security clearance, they will be asked, “How well do you know this family?” And they can respond, Poop Level. We are Poop Level friends – we’ve been in the poop trenches together and made it out. The kids continued to play, and we brought her blood pressure back down with another glass of Sangria.
Overall, maybe not the perfect evening for us all, but looking back… maybe it was. I mean this was poop-tastrophe June 2017, I know there will be other poop-tastrophes in my life time. I mean I’m a mom – sh!* happens. This is the one that sealed a friendship between two families, one that is sure to survive the distance from this move, and the moves that are bound to happen in the future. We will never be more than a phone call or a text away.