Dayenu! (The Mommy Version)
Baby David is a good napper. Which means he can nap, in the morning especially, for up to 3 hours!
That is, when he isn’t awaked by tummy gas bubbles, the neighbor’s barking dog, siblings making too much noise, or – most commonly – his first big poopy of the day. (Sorry all you non-parents of small children – I should have warned you this blog is rates GI for “gross and icky” content.)
Anyway, unless I’m so exhausted that I fall asleep & nap alongside David, I usually try to cram as many chores into his naptime as is humanly possible, since while he’s awake he doesn’t let me do anything without him in my arms. (By ‘doesn’t let’ of course I mean he whimpers softly and then escalates into full-blown sobs if I dare take my attention away from him for more than a few seconds.)
So I’m grateful for the time I have while he sleeps! So grateful, in fact, that I’ve altered that wonderful Passover song of appreciation, Dayenu (“it would have been enough”), just for you folks, to show my thanks.
You are welcome.
If while David naps all I had time to do was strip the sheets and make the beds – DAYENU!
If after making all the beds all I had time to do was to spray Oxyclean on all the dirty laundry – DAYENU!
If after spraying Oxyclean all the time I had free was to put one load in the laundry – DAYENU!
If after putting in one load all the time I had free was to sort the rest of the laundry – DAYENU!
[there's a lot of laundry on Sundays.]
If after sorting laundry all I had time to do was clip all 3 bigger kids’ fingers & toenails – DAYENU!
If after clipping all the nails all I had time for was to wash the dishes and one last chore – DAYENU!
If after washing all the dishes there was still some time to take out the trash and scrub the grime – DAYENU!
If after taking out the trash-
Whoops! I’d finish this song but the baby just woke up. Gotta run!
[PS - that song sounds a lot better with some Matzah and 4 full cups of red wine. Believe me.]
Sheva (BatSheva Vaknin)