Monday, December 16, 2013

The Lesson I Learned From Dirt About Being A Mom

It is always going to be there...dirt that is. 

I couldn't remember when the last time was that I had mopped the kitchen floor (it had been months...yep, month(s)...plural.) We sweep the floor every day but it was high time to break out the mop. I didn't feel obligated to do it today, I simply felt motivated to do it. 

The kids had just come in from playing outside in the snow, stopped for some hot cocoa and scurried upstairs to continue the playing. The day had felt so relaxing...why not take some time to finally get reacquainted with the mop?

As I swept the floor in preparation I suddenly stopped.

The Lesson I Learned From Dirt About Being A Mom

A smile came upon my face as I gazed on that dirt.

Dirt that held some of the stories from that day so similar to most of our days in this home.

The crayons that always seem to be broken.

The grape that rolled off the table at lunch time. 

The cheerio that escaped from breakfast 
and somehow didn't get crushed into a million pieces.

The many perler beads that represent the hours spent crafting 
and the numerous times a day I get asked, "mom, can you iron these?" 

I didn't feel one ounce of regret over that dirt pile. I didn't feel one moment of frustration of having to clean up after my kids...again. Instead this time I knew that this was one of those moments. Those moments where they say...

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
 and realize they were the big things." ~Robert Brault

While earlier in the day I might have been complaining about having another set of perler bead creations to iron. In this moment I remembered how precious it is to be called, "mom." 

Joy and perler beads

What stories would your dirt piles tell?

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  1. That's such a lovely perspective! As I look around the room (I've hurt my back, that's my excuse for not hoovering!), instead of the 'argh, mess', I can see cut up bits of paper from making paper snowflakes to stick to the windows, clay left over from making a clay dalek and a clay cat, cheerios here too, crumbs from when the kids made their own puff pastry dinner... Thank you!

  2. So sweet - as an empty nester - I would love one more chance to sweep up cookie crumbs and run-away peas!

  3. I loved this, Sarah! Looking at the dirt and messes as stories of how much fun you've had with the kids is a great perspective! So glad I stopped by from Inspire Me Please!


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