Mommy Musings, Xena's chronicles

There Comes A Time

March 19, 2019
Lilmissbelle

You know you are failing miserably as a parent when you wake up on Sunday morning at 10.00am to an urgent letter from your six-year-old daughter.

This happened to us this past Sunday. My fatigue level was beyond what is humanly acceptable. It wasn’t surprising at all given that I had started my day with a 16.2km run at Karura forest, and finished it off with a long night full of laughter, dancing and a few shots of whisky. Actually, if we are being honest, I lost count of the shots of whisky at some point. It was a friend’s birthday and I had a legit reason to let loose after three months of burying my head in my books.

On the other hand, as a golf fanatic, the mister was also understandably incapacitated given that the Magical Kenya Open golf tournament was in full force, which saw him stay out late both Friday and Saturday. The nanny was not available to save us from our misery as she had promptly left at 6.ooam. It was her day off after all.

Xena, my six-year-old daughter, and Xia, her three-year old sister, were up at 7.00am like clockwork. She knocked on our door and after getting no response, proceeded to the kitchen to fix their breakfast of hot chocolate and pancakes (No she did not cook the pancakes, just warmed them. We are not that irresponsible). Afterwards, she tried washing the dishes and was disappointed to find no running water in the kitchen sink. Later, she decided to brush her teeth but again, the tap in her bathroom let out no water. Finally she barged into our room, her sister hot on her heels like a shadow at noon. She tried waking me up but  I ignored her after which they both left my room.

After sleeping for what felt like eternity, I suddenly jumped out of bed in panic, imagining that our kids had taken off to find more caring parents. I reached out for my phone on the bedside table to check the time, but it was missing. In its place, was this letter:

Lilmissbelle

I bet you are shaking your head in shock,  perhaps even rage, wondering why God chose to bestow the parent tag on us. On me. I bet you are wondering why I would think it’s ok to share this story. Am I seeking validation? Or consolation? Am I trying to exonerate myself by letting you in on my guilt? The answer is none of the above.

The point of publishing Xena’s letter is three fold. First, this is the reality of parenting. Don’t be fooled by those perfectly curated Instastories or YouTube videos that show how a mom woke up at 5am to get the kids ready for school, made breakfast for them and hubs, dropped them to school without forgetting to kiss them on the forehead, kicked ass at work in her power suit and made it for the 6.00pm Zumba class. Still, she managed to get home in time to whip up a quick meal and put them (the kids and hubs) to sleep. I’m not disputing that it happens, it does. Perhaps even most of the time. But there are days the reality of parenting is so ugly it gets you thinking that parenting is a calling and God ran out of airtime before he could get to you.

Secondly, I may have been disappointed that I let her down, but I was filled such a great sense of pride knowing that the lessons I’ve been instilling in her are finally yielding  fruit. I was taken aback when she told me that she wanted to wash dishes and leave the kitchen clean. Independence and responsibility are two key lessons that I want my kids to embrace, if not anything else.

Finally, aren’t you proud that Xena who a few years ago would say yawa for flower and sikino for signal, can now write a letter? Today, she has made a debut as a writer on this platform that I created initially solely for her.

That letter made all the difference in the world. Had she just waited to rant when I woke up, it would definitely not have had the same impact as the letter. The letter was well thought out. It showed her intent. It emphasised the level of her frustration. This letter will always serve as a reminder that Xena never wants to miss church, and shame on us if we allow it to happen again. And if for whatever reason we choose to sleep in on a Sunday morning, at the very least, we should ensure there’s running water.



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Lisa Njenga
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Lisa Njenga

Loved it! 😂Give Xena hugs and kisses from aunty Njoki!

Pattiey
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Pattiey

Love her and how she’s taken care of her sister….Bless. She’s brilliant, you and Renato are doing a lovely job, and ooohh thank you for this encouragement that yeahhh sometimes parenting can be challenging eishhh.

Say
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Say

I have always doubted my parenting skill when I get to it. This has seeves

Tote
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Tote

What shocks me is the level of her emotional intelligence. She didn’t rant, she instead wrote a letter explaining why it is important to her for you to get up-all which are so mature and responsible of her! Like…what? You just might be raising the female president who will save us from the mess we have made of Kenya. God bless my Xen Xen!

Samuel Ndungu
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Samuel Ndungu

Good and genuine piece into the realities of parenting.
Make no apologies for it.

Mercy
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Mercy

Xena should never miss church again…. He he….. I am pround of her…..

Rosey
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Rosey

Lol am I the only one impressed with ICEA Lion Logo? Its like if you don’t do what the letter says she has the full support of the investment bank with her! Also the letter starts with #ExcellenceHappensHere and true, her writing is excellent for her age and should be nurtured. It even has a date 🙂

I agree 100% you should be more proud than guilty mama.

Ma Pendo
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Ma Pendo

Wow,this letter is everything.They grow up so fast.
Always looking forward to you blog and Bikozulu’s on Tuesdays.

Ngina
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Ngina

😂 😂 😂 😂. Sweet

Eve
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Eve

Today’s post is definitely one of the reasons I faithfully read your posts, sharing real stories and challenges and not curated parenting experience. It’s interesting that my friend had an almost similar encounter this past Sunday. We spent Saturday afternoon, late into the evening with her 6 yr and 3 yr old kids. After getting home slightly past 10 pm, I knew the kids would sleep in the next day. But nope! They were out of bed by 6:30 am, not to watch cartoons but have breakfast and be ready for church in good time.

Mokeirah
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Mokeirah

Hahaha complete with diagrams😁😁Remember how in school we got questions that said”Explain complete with diagrams” way ahead of her time this one 😂😂😂

Gladys
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Gladys

Ha ha ha,please mama we need to go pray for water …a girl well taught..
and I am seeing a leaf ICEA LION notebook,(the sales person in me cannot fail to miss such)are you guys members?if not get in touch with me for a cover.

The Vee
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The Vee

Happens to most us ( there are super parents who will swear that it has never and will never happen to them) But us normal humans ( my 4 year old calls them humans) have gone through this. Xena’s writting us beginning to resemble her mama’s

Shiku
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Shiku

There’s no shame in what happened. Motherhood calls for a little less judging and a little more creativity. I used to be super woman till life happened. Now my house can run without me even when I’m away for a month.
I hope Xena got a gift and praise to last her a year for this letter and a very nice hand writing. Not forgetting her thoughtfulness.