Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cleaning Up the Messes of Others

I have been an At-Home-Mom for almost 16 years now. I know that I am mostly responsible for taking care of the house. I have tried to teach my boys to be responsible and caring for the things they own. Apparently I have failed. This is what I woke up to on Saturday morning. Now, it didn't get like this overnight. Sometimes I let it accumulate over a few days just to see if anyone will notice that we haven't eaten dinner at the table in a few nights or that they can't find something that they were looking for in the place that it is supposed to be. This is actually a week's worth of accumulation. and I think there are only two or three things that I actually set down in this mess.
  • I used the camera
  • I set the green scarf on the table the night before
  • I had just cleaned out the recipe binder and was taking it to Deseret Industries
But there are several things I didn't touch:
  • I didn't use the potting soil that had been on the dining room table for TWO weeks (The seeds that were planted are already up!)
  • I didn't read the book that is under the recipe binder but should be on the shelf
  • I didn't use the colored pencils
  • I didn't get the rocket supplies out
  • I didn't use the peanut butter, jelly or bread
  • I didn't leave my church binder, scriptures and other misc. papers on the table
  • I didn't leave the pile of newspapers
  • I didn't forget to hang up my jacket
  • I didn't forget to push the toaster back where it belongs
  • I didn't forget to do the dishes the night before (we all have nights we do dishes)
  • I didn't leave the butter out
  • I didn't ignore my mom when she asked me to take the plate rack back down to the basement

But I cleaned it up! And they wonder why I am sometimes grumpy!!!

5 comments:

Joann said...

Aaahhhhhhhhh...I had a day like this yesterday. It makes me feel like such a bad mother. And my kids are still little. I wonder if there is a book out there on raising children perfectly. Ha! They still probably wouldn't turn out perfect! But, we love them anyway, right?

Kelly said...

I can relate! What a good mom/wife you are. I feel your pain.

Duane McGuire said...

Do your boys read your blog?

Greg and Heather said...

Oh Aimee, I feel your pain. Today I cleaned hard boiled egg remains from under Ellie's bed & I'm pretty sure I didn't put them there :)
(I could continue but it would be a full blog post). Just know that I can relate.

Franklin Times said...

AMEN!!