The Luxury of Laughter


I quickly gather the assortment of clothes strewn across the floor in a way only little children are capable of, as they shed each piece one at a time on the way to the tub. I can hear the giggles and laughter rising from the other room. I smile as I hear the shrieks of joy coming from the girls playing with their dad. I sigh and continue my nightly, somewhat futile routine of setting the house back to livable conditions.

There is a tinge of jealously, yes. I daydream about how fun it must be to come home from a long trip, scoop them up and spend the next few hours listening to their stories and tickling their cute little bellies. I hear them screech my name to settle an argument… yes I’m the rule enforcer, too. Sigh.

There is a special balance that makes parenting work when a spouse’s job requires them to travel. It is a trade-off surely… I’m the do-your-homework-now, pick-up-your-socks, stop fighting parent – while he’s the let’s-play, tell-jokes and have-another-cookie parent.  Yet, I’m also the booboo-kissing, never go a day without their hugs & kisses parent.  I sleep in my own bed each night and eat my own food where as he sleeps in often uncomfortable beds in too-hot or too-cold hotel rooms and eats food on the road, the glamour of it all is an illusion.

I know that we both make sacrifices for our family and while I am the oil that keeps this machine running smoothly, he’s the cogs and gears and I couldn’t do it without him. But sometimes it might be nice to have the luxury of laughter. I look at the pile of crap kid stuff in my hands and decide I can tackle that in five minutes.  I head in to join the fun and grab a few giggles for myself.

*Photo Credit: Linda Severson Photography

Tara is mom to two energetic daughters Bianca and Iyla. Passionate about inspiring others to cook healthy, delicious and allergy-friendly food, she owns Yummy Sprout, which provides healthy culinary adventures through classes and more. Check out Tara has been featured in the Wisconsin State Journal and on Channel 3 WISC-TV on topics including “making your own baby food”, “cooking with kids” and “packing healthy school lunches”. She adores living in Madison and all it has to offer family life. Her favorite ways to spend time include messing up her kitchen while recipe testing, running, yoga, writing, painting, traveling and reading books with her girls.



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