"Busy" isn't just a state of mind. For me, it's the culmination of my entire existence, specifically over the last 10 years. As a mom of two who spends the majority of her time solely interacting with humans ages 10 and under, generally cleaning up or chasing after them most hours of most days, I can attest to all the things a stay-at-home mom really means when she says she's "busy" because, well, I am her.
While I can happily say I now enjoy steady work from the softest, most back-damaging couch cushion (as opposed to years of finicky freelance work), my children are always nearby, never hesitating to ask for another snack that requires too much preparation, another movie I can't seem to find, or another request that involves me doing something I absolutely don't want to do, like traversing down to our local playground. Now that school's out it's time for the yearly tradition of next-level "busy." While slightly different, in that we don't have the same get-up-and-get-to-school routine, I'm maxed-out on finding ways to keep the kids busy through the course of an entire day so I can get anything else done. One can only go on so many walks around our quiet neighborhood, or pick up so many sticks "for fun."
After years of doing this mom thing, it's taken a lot of fails to figure out how to fight being "busy" all the time. The truth is, I surrendered. I'm sorry to all who've asked me to meet up for a spur-of-the-moment whatever, or even the Friday night thing four months in advance. Sometimes I'm just too busy. With that, here's what I, and every other stay-at-home mom, mean by that. You know, just in case you think I do nothing while I'm home all day with two tiny humans.