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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Mess That Is Easter Egg Decorating.

Last night, we decorated Easter Eggs. I hesitate to say, we, because I wasn't much part.

I hovered. That's what I do when these messy activities take place.

I can't lie about it. There is no way to make excuses. These kind of messes stress me out.

It's like the whole carving pumpkins debacle. I picture worse case scenario. Pumpkin guts all over. Messy floor. Messy kids.

It's the same with the Easter Egg dying. I picture dyed walls and dye on the floor and the kids, oh the kids, dye on their arms and their clothes and ugh, what a mess.
I wish this weren't the case. I wish I could just let it go. Let them have fun without having to change their clothes into old sweats and t-shirts. Not cover the table and floor with newspaper.
Give me baking or cooking help messes any day. I don't mind.

And I don't mind the mess at someone else's house or even at school. Let them play in flour or mud or chocolate pudding. I have no qualms. But when it is here. In this house and I am responsible for them and this mess, I get queasy.
And I hover.

But I don't want them to miss out. I don't want to be that kind of mother. The one who nags and is annoyed with the mess. The one who makes it no fun.

I want to be the mom who is up to my elbows in the mess with them. I want to be the mom who says it's just a messy kitchen, let it go.

I'm not there yet.
Someday.
Lord willing, someday.

For now, I am the mom that hovers. Quietly, so as not to ruin their fun.

I let J take the lead and lead them.

I want them to remember that they did these things. With each other.

And that they had fun.
That they made a mess.
And that it was ok. It was totally ok.

Even if I only hovered.

6 Comments:

Blogger bethandnate said...

You're not alone in feeling that way, I think I'll be that kind of mom when I have kids too. And have you ever seen Kate on Jon and Kate Plus 8? She openly admits all the time that she hates messes!

April 8, 2009 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger simplicity said...

Beth, yes I have just started watching Jon and Kate and can so see that. She's pretty particular about most everything!!!

April 8, 2009 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger ABCDH said...

You are too funny! I was thinking Jon and Kate as well and then saw these comments. Great minds think alike!

April 8, 2009 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Coma Girl said...

I'm the same way! That's why we have husbands.

April 8, 2009 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger The Bishops said...

I'm with you! I always picture the egg dye falling off the table and landing on the floor...splashing onto the carpet. See? We moms are all alike!! We haven't dyed our eggs yet, but after seeing your cute pics, I have a little more courage!!

April 8, 2009 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

It's probably always too cold in MN to do this for Easter eggs, but the on Jon & Kate, they carved their pumpkins on an old table in the garage... much easier cleanup!

April 8, 2009 at 8:31 PM  

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