We had to shovel for 2 1/2 hours this morning. Brutal. And we had to entertain a slightly sick 5-year-old who wanted to build forts and have a snowball fight. I had to get to work. I did not know it would take 5 minutes of discussion for each shovelful of snow that I lifted. I'm exhausted.
Jack: Mom come here!
me: I kind of have to finish this Jack, can you wait a minute?
Jack: Come look!
me: (trudge back up the steep driveway with my shovel) What? What???
Jack: Look, I found a leaf.
(this is all totally real...look, here's some more:)
Jack: Can we have a snowball fight?
me: Here (I biff him with snow and keep shoveling)
Jack: NOT fair! I wasn't ready and your snowball wasn't round!
me: I don't have the snowball maker. Look, I have to finish this first okay?
Jack: I can't make snowballs because there's ice on top!
me: Dig down to where it's soft.
Jack: Can you do it?
me: (I whack a big chunk of ice off the snow). There ya go. Dig away.
Jack: (struggles for a minute) There's no snow out heeeerrrrrrreeeeee!
me: (standing in a 4-ft. bank of snow) Really?
(few minutes later:)
Jack: Can I help shovel?
me: Grab the small shovel and come on up. (onto the deck)
Jack: (grabs a shovel and stands right in front of me to start digging) There's too much snow here.
me: That's why we're shoveling. You're in my way.
Jack: No. You're in MY way.
Jack: Forget it. I'll go down here and make snowballs again.
me: Come on Jack, don't play exactly where I'm throwing the snow. Please go over there! Sheesh.
Jack: But I want to play HERE, where the snow is all soft from you throwing it!
me: Move or go in. You have a choice.
Jack: Can you put my mittens back on? They're all filled with snow. (he stands with two crusty mittens clutched in his bare hands.)
Jack: I'm thirsty too.
And now do you wonder why it takes an additional hour to shovel the snow, even when I had so much "help" from a 5-year-old? I could shovel for hours. It was the arguing and pleading that I couldn't stand for another minute. Fingers crossed that school is open tomorrow. :)