Bored: it's a dirty word

6 years ago

I'm never bored.

Right now I have my laptop fired up, my cell phone beside me, the TV on and for good measure, the laundry next to the couch, guilting me into folding it. If I'm watching TV, I'm also reading a magazine or playing on my phone. If I'm cooking dinner, I'm also cleaning or re-arranging or picking up. What can I say, I love to multitask.

On the rare occasions when I feel boredom setting in, I hear a voice in my head saying, "If you're bored, I can give you something to do so you wont' be bored."

That voice is my mother's.

For some reason, she really and truly hated when we were bored growing up. And you guys know as well as I do that as a child, there is no reason to be bored. I had toys to play with, books to read, even a nice swingset with which to swing. But when you're young, you don't realize the abundance of awesome (and minimal non-awesome tasks like mopping and grocery shopping) at your fingertips. You take them for granted. You get bored.

Sister and I not being bored. Yes we are in my toy box. we thought
 "outside the box" by getting "inside the box". Innovators? Maybe. (probably)

Mom didn't let that happen. If we so much as mentioned the word bored, even in passing, she quickly came up with a list of things that could help relieve the boredom, including practicing piano (gag), folding socks (puke), picking up our toys (as if) and doing extra homework (ahahahahahahaah. no.) So, at our house, the alternative to being bored was things that were so awful that boredom suddenly became the preferred state.

We quickly learned that if we were bored, we should keep our mouths shut about it, already, for crying out loud.

I didn't realize how much this effected me until the first time my husband said he was bored. I immediately came up with 15 things that he could do instead of being bored. My Mom's voice was speaking through me. I think he's learned not to say he's bored, too.

Of all the things I've learned from my mother, I think this has been the most practical. I can't wait to use it on Baby Blogworthy someday.

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