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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Announcement for Mom's Everywhere . . .


Attention everyone!

I have an announcement for Mom's everywhere. I just want to clear up any confusion or misconceptions about how clean and tidy your home will be once the kids start leaving home.

I certainly always thought that once the kids were living away from home, it was be domestic bliss personified. I mean, after all, if the kids are gone, who is there to make a mess, leave papers, backpacks and shoes laying around, track dirt in from outside, spill cookie crumbs and soda on the carpets?

Surely, once you tidied things all up, did all the dishes, made up the beds (what beds would even need to be made up you would wonder?) things would stay pristine, and one could just bask in the enjoyment and cleanliness.

Wow, was I mistaken all these years. I blamed all the clutter, dirty dishes, laundry piles, dirty carpets on the fact that I had four kids living at home, running in and out and messing everything up. But what to my wondering brain should appear - it must be me and the husband who are making this mess after all! Because it's all still here, shoes, backpacks, sinks full of dishes, piles of laundry waiting to be folded. The only thing that's missing is 8 little helping hands. It's amazing what can be accomplished with 8 little helping hands.



I remember our family work days on Saturday. Everyone received assignments for 45 minutes worth of jobs and the house was sparkling from top to bottom. Now days, my 45 minutes worth on Saturday doesn't even get the master bathroom scrubbed. You know I think those same kids (minus one) are still running in and out just about as frequently. They just don't stay long enough for the weekly job assignments to be handed out. And I know they are doing their jobs in their own homes. Which brings up an entirely different question? How is it that their house is so much cleaner than mine?

What parenting stage is this? And how long does it last?

8 comments:

Bobbi Jo said...

I hear you on this. I still have 4 children at home but the oldest comes over about 10 times throughout the week (not complaining mind you) with my grand baby but still doesn't pick up before she leaves. It is the strangest thing. Now I have more to clean up on a daily basis. But you know what I wouldn't trade it for the world or chocolate! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Cheryl C said...

AUGH! You mean my house won't be spotless once the babies are big?! Of course, it wasn't BEFORE them, so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised! ;) Your blog is great, I'm a new follower from MBC!

Jan the crazy lady said...

There is no hope after reading this. My oldies are still home. I see the problems of "it's just dad and moms house" They don't seem to care as much as their own.

You are so funny.

Victoria said...

Ugh. Don't tell me this...

Marie Watson said...

Well I have one still at home and I tend to agree that there is just as much mess as when there were 4. I am following from MBC

Kirsty said...

You have just shattered a cherished dream and the only thing that was getting me through the "they are growing up too fast and will soon leave me" angst.

BTW: I have a surprise for you on my blog :)

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Drat. This is very depressing news. Is there any way to get a dog to clean the toilet??

Shewinn8 said...

I can't believe how much I laughed when I read this entry!! I was just saying to my husband that in a year when our last one leaves the nest the house is going to be soooo clean. But as soon as the words came out of my mouth I thought to myself..."Unless WE are the messy ones. What if it IS us?? Lol Loved the post! And thank you for all of the blog love and encouragement that you sent my way. I figured out why I have a blog because of you. Thank you my friend. You did a wonderful thing.

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