But otherwise just like her.
Ariel had a good life. She was a princess, she had a loving father, lobster and fish.
Her hair looks awesome in the water. (Mine looks something like a wet sheep dog.)
But she wanted something different. Something more.
Durning the wisdom of my 16th year I watched this movie while I was babysitting a little girl and I thought '"Man, this Ariel is a horrible example! Why is she complaining when she has so much! What an immature teenager." (The irony in thinking that last sentence at 16 years old still gets me.)
But now that I'm a little older (a hopefully mature) and sometimes i just want to tell Ariel, "Yeah girl, Itotally get what you're singing about!
I don't think Ariel wanted specifically more, I think she wanted something different. A change from everyday life. And can we really fault her for that? Don't we all want that sometimes?
Anyway, yesterday was one of those days.
A day that was just HARD. And exhausting. And frustrating. And what did I do that was so hard, exhausting and frustrating? I played a million rounds of red light/green light, my awesome lunch of leftover popcorn and apple slices was interrupted by a 3 year old who took off his own poopy diaper, and my 4 month old really loved me; to the point of not being happy unless he was held.
I kept telling myself i should just count my blessings.
I have 2 great boys. A loving husband. Who has a great job. We have a home. We're healthy.
And I think really how much more could I want?
But like Ariel sang about, somedays I want more. Or something different.
We only have one car right now, so getting out of the house (other than a daily walk) isn't an everyday thing.
And so sometimes I feel so TRAPPED.
I know this is just a phase of our lives. I know my boys will grow up so fast and I'll yearn for these days again. But for right now, sometimes I feel like I might go crazy if I don't have SOME change.
And I think Ariel would totally understand that.
So here is my version of what she would sing if she were a SAHM.
(To the tune of Part of Your World")
Look at my life
Isn't it neat?
Wouldn't you think happiness' complete?
Wouldn't you think I'm the girl
The girl who has everything?
Look at this home
How many wonders can one little house hold?
Looking around here you think
Sure, she's got everything.
I've got little boys and dino toys aplenty
I've got fruit snacks and kisses galore
You want dirty diapers?
I've got twenty!
But who cares?
No big deal
I want more
I wanna be where other people are
I wanna hear, wanna hear them talkin'
Using those, those - what do you call 'em?
Oh - adjectives!
Being a mom, you don't get too far
Someone needs you all the time
Going to Target alone - what's that called again?
Up where adults walk, up where they run
Up where they don't pick up toys all day long
Wanderin' free - wish I could be
Part of that world
What would I give to sleep through the night?
What would I pay not to share my drink?
Bet'cha our toddlers don't understand
That they don't reprimand their mother's
Bright young women, tired of given'
Their space up on the couch!
And ready to know what my kid is thinking
Ask 'em my questions and get some answers
Why can't they let me pee- what's the word?
When's it my turn?
Wouldn't I love- love to explore that world out my door?
Out of the house
A date with my spouse (no puke on my blouse)
Part of that world
Thanks Ariel. And all you SAHM's or dad's or grandparents or nannies etc who get this. :)