When a Mother Sits Down


A woman sitting in a rocking chair.I have words swirling around in my head all the time, mostly mock conversations between friends and co-workers or replaying my children’s antics. There was one particular day this summer (oh, let’s be real…this is a daily occurrence!) where I must have heard “mama” 342 times.

So, in the few minutes when they didn’t need me, these words spilled into my head and onto paper. Written in the style of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” I give you “When a Mother Sits Down.”

When a mother sits down, she will ultimately hear her name called.

When her name is called, she will probably also hear the words, “I’m hungry.”

When she hears, “I’m hungry,” she will ask what they want for a snack.

When she asks what they want for a snack, they will say, “I don’t know.”

When she gives them a choice between fruit or cheese, they ask for peanut butter crackers.

When they ask for peanut butter crackers, she says she doesn’t want to make anything, so they will ask to do it themselves.

When they can’t reach the ingredients, she has to get everything down anyway.

And then she realizes she doesn’t have a clean knife, so she could wash one or use a spoon.

When she decides to use a spoon, this looks like fun to the children, and they return to help.

Since the mother knows that “helping” will cause a bigger mess, she makes the crackers herself.

She hands the plate to the children.

She sits down.

And the whole thing begins again…

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Charity is a newly-single mom of three with a son born in 2012 and identical twin daughters born in 2017. She lives in Monroe and has been writing for Fairfield County Mom since 2019. Charity is a full-time speech-language pathologist, working with patients all across the lifespan. She is also an intuitive medium. In her life before children, Charity was a professional stage manager, working in theatres throughout Fairfield County. Charity is passionate about her family, career, ballet (which she began at 39 years old!), musical theatre, and her amazingly-supportive friends as she begins a new chapter in her life. She firmly believes that you are never too old to stay stuck in a situation that is causing you pain. You can follow her on Instagram at @charityferris.


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