Eldest daughter and I were musing last night about how, "he who drives a 15 passenger van, is truly righteous." We were merely giggling over van pride and size as surely if we have that many children our righteousness MUST be secure. (sarcasm). My dear hubby took the 15 passenger van to work today as he is the designated driver for their Christmas work dinner out. Last night he requested a laundry basket to clean out said van to prevent embarrassment over his children's flotsam. I noticed he found a few towels from the summer swimming pool adventures. If it is lost, look in the van should be our motto. Six months of flotsam is sort of scary sometimes. I am the mom who has to psyche myself up to loading small children into their car seat in our van as the effort to get there is daunting at times. "Come on Karin, you can do it!" Or, I with a guilty heart, plead with my older children to lock the little dears into their seats. I think this began as pregnancy weariness and the mere effort of lifting my self up to do this but now I do not have that excuse and the little cherub faces really want mommy to do the job. I guess I should see my 15 passenger van as yet another opportunity to burn calories. Every parenting event surely is an opportunity for weight loss. I wonder how many calories I burn folding all of their laundry and putting it away? I should write a book about all the opportunities for weight loss with a family of nine kids. Picking up the laundry off the floor would be right up there. Who needs a gym anyway? I have a house which I can barely keep up with and kids who are much like I have been in this life of tidying up and can't seem to get their stuff put away. The calories burned in chasing them down on these tasks and the mere thought of the chasing can leave me tempted by the bed magnet.
So.....does my van size make me righteous. NO!!!! It just gives me more opportunity for weight loss if I look upon all the opportunities as opportunities and not burdens. Here's hoping.