Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Shoveling snow

There's a saying that goes, "Cleaning your house when your kids are little is like shoveling snow while it's still snowing."

I guess it helps to stay ahead of the really deep stuff, but in general it just feels like an exercise in futility.

On Monday, I did a really thorough cleaning. Instead of breaking down my cleaning list and doing a little each day throughout the week, I just went for it. Dusted, ran the vacuum, mopped the tile, polished the hard wood, cleaned the bathrooms, wiped down the kitchen really well. Then I sat on the back porch with a big glass of ice water and felt pretty darned satisfied with myself.

Yesterday, while at work, I got a text that Em and Marcus and the kids were coming for dinner. Dan and Em decided they were going to make tacos.  I was so happy to have them all over, and it wasn't until halfway through the evening when the baby knocked a bowl of taco meat on the floor and the dog was licking it all up, thinking she'd died and gone to heaven. And the toddler was shrieking with delight as her dad chased her down the hallway to retrieve a slice of orange from her hand, which she promptly dropped on the floor and stepped on. . .

It was then that I realized -- it's still snowing. So much for a clean house. But, there's something about  the beauty in fresh falling snow. I really never tire of it.

7 comments:

Mildred said...

LOL! It never fails when I do a deep, thorough cleaning that something nasty happens....like one time I spilled a bowl of Jello I had just stirred hot water into! It suck like glue!

Dianna said...

I'm so glad you love the falling snow! I totally understand where you were coming from with this post. It brought to mind some mess that had occurred right after giving the house a thorough clean. But then I thought of how empty my life would have been and would continue to be if it weren't for the people in my life who make the messes and I have to agree with you...yeah...I love the falling snow,too.

Mari said...

Awww - this is so sweet! There is joy and beauty in each season, even falling snow! Thanks for this one!

Patti said...

Great post, Karen. Reminds me of something my mother-in-law said to me early in my mothering days..."A clean house can't say I love you."

A clean house is wonderful, but loving the people who come into the house is even better.

Blessings,
Patti

Melanie said...

It's just me, my hubby and our 26-year old son here (oh - and 3 cats) and I can never stay ahead of the housework either. It gets frustrating for sure, but I guess we should look on the bright side and realize that means we still have our loved ones here with us.

Faith said...

I loved this! i call it making memories with a mess...and who cares really?? making memories is so much more of an eternal perspective :)

Dewena said...

I think we've all been there! Does it seem to you that it's somehow not as important that messes are made when grandchildren are there? I mean, I even smile about it! And now, the second time around, we know that these little ones do grow up to be responsible adults after all!