Welcome to Hines-Sight!!

After a daunting trip to Food Lion today, I decided that it  was time to relieve some stress in my life.  Some people may exercise, or eat a whole box of cookies to de-stress  Well, I'm going to write. I'll probably eat some cookies and exercise, too, but being able to write my thoughts and experiences help melt my tension away.  I don't care if I'm writing for my own entertainment and I"m the only reader.  I'm going to fantasize and pretend there are millions!!!  My goal is to write and just perhaps,  it will help me remove some of the devilish, hormonal horns that have appeared on top of my head post-Christmas.

So welcome to Hines-Sight!   As I pulled into the garage after that post-pre-school trip to Food Lion in which my oldest child, "JH", who turned five in December, whined that he was thirsty and hungry for the entire 30 minute trip, I knew today was going to be day I began my blog.   JH complained so loudly in the store simply because I changed my daughter's pooh diaper five minutes before I had to be at the church for school pick-up, and wouldn't you know, I  forgot his drink as I was running out of the house.  His drink?  I was lucky to remember to buckle up Little L or bring my purse during this mad sprint to school for pick-up.  The infamous drink wasn't even a thought, but yet, I paid for it dearly.  In my Hines-Sight, I would be a better mom, and make a nice organized list of exactly what I need to do instead of trying to live by the seat of my pants, and count on my own memory for things.  Not being organized gets me in hot water and in situations like today at Food Lion.  The silly thing though is we're talking about a cup of juice mixed with water so he can get his daily fluoride that screws up the entire universe for less than an hour.  The cup of juice will be there when we get home.

As adults, we can handle not having our juice when we're thirsty and as a 42 year old adult, I have a very hard time understanding why a five year old can't take it like a man, and know that he will have juice as soon as we get home.   It won't be that long!!  As JH whines when complete strangers approach us in a very loud, annoying voice that he is thirsty and hungry, my embarrassment in the store just seems to swell.   I know most people have children, and even though that may have been a long time ago for some, they probably still remember the struggles,  but it doesn't make it any easier when your child acts like he is a spoiled, unbehaved child in public.  So in hindsight, I said, "Maybe I'm the bad parent and should have tried to go to the store at a different time instead of when it was the most convenient for our schedule. " I had fed "Little L"before we left, and JH had a snack at school, but I learned later that it was just "boring, old goldfish" as he told me in the check-out line.  I also thought that maybe it was because I am 42, and am dealing with small children at my age when most people my age are dealing with teens,  but as soon as I checked my e-mail, I saw that another parent struggled today as well so the age of a parent doesn't matter nor does the age of the child.  As I unloaded the car,  walked around in my coat, prepared two lunches, and put away six bags of groceries, still in my coat,  it was like a lightbulb went off in my head, and it dawned on me that children are called children for a reason,  otherwise, we would call them "mini-adults".  It's not MY OLD age that can't handle the chaos, but every parent has these struggles no matter their age or their children's ages.  It's just the way it is.    

I think the only true people who really enjoy children are grandparents.  And they are able to do that simply because anyone can tolerate anything for a short amount of time.  Period!!!  I will not even bring up the issue that I broke about four nails trying to do the safety lock in the grocery cart to secure Little L.  We'll save that for another day...

Til next time...I'm off for a cup of tea!


  1. love you Leigh- this might make it into a tv show!!!

  2. You know, in my head I can actually see you doing some of these things. You are so funny....you make me laugh!

  3. Can't wait for the next installment! (Hey, you are the first "Google Connect" for me. I have no idea what that is. LOL)

  4. Thanks! I don't even know what Google connect is either, Tracy. I just write. :)

  5. Great Blog! So glad you are writing. It's always been a strength of yours and I am sure you'll get joy out of writing a blog and at the same time provide entertainment to others as well. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Well, I must admit, it's not pretty when I want a glass of wine and can't have it, so I'm with Jack!

    Seriously, thanks for stopping by my blog...I do not have many followers and it's always exciting when someone new stops by. I don't expect to ever get so many that it becomes a "job" and not a release! I started it right after I came home from Italy and intended on blogging so much about our experiences and then....well, life got in the way!

    I do still travel WHENEVER possible and frequent the Raleigh area since we have relatives there! Ciao and I'll be following!

  7. Enjoyable reading. Mothering young children "ain't for cowards!" It is tough, unglamorous work, but I feel that it is the most important job and most rewarding job in the world. As a mom, you have the opportunity to raise ones who can impact the world greatly. When mine were young, my motto was, "The days are long, the years are short."

  8. Loved this, Leigh! Can just see you in the grocery. You are a good and witty writer. Taking my children to the grocery was always the most trying part of the day. I was 35 when I had my last child. I can fel the tension drain from you sd you write, so keep it up! These cameos of life with your children are priceless. As a fellow Tar Heel and graduate of that esteemed university, I applaud you for your blog. Most other mothers sit listlessly with drool on their sweatshirts. Write, girl, and make us all happy!

  9. So glad I found your blog. I'm doing a bit a of back reading now to catch up on what all you have written. Your little guy and I share the same birthday! When I was his age I would tell everyone who asked me when my birthday was, "After everyone else's."


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