Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Day 65- The Big Picture

My home is in chaos today, but I'm eerily calm. My dishes are in the sink for the first time in 5 days, there's off-brand Lucky Charms all over my dining room floor from breakfast, I've got garbage on my counters, the floors are in need of vacuuming, there's stinky laundry in the washing maching and I'm cool as a cucumber. Why? Because today I was reminded that there's more to life than having clean floors.

The kids and I spent the morning at my in law's house and it was the best way to spend a summer day. The original Mrs. Wright and I sat outside while the kids ran and played all over the yard. It was 70 degrees with a cooling breeze and couldn't have been more perfect. Mr. Wright's Grandpa recently moved into my MIL's home and I swear I could sit there all day and listen to his stories. He's been through it all and he's still standing...

The second I met our new Grandpa just a few weeks ago I had an instant connection with him. I'm not sure if it was because I met him the day that my own Grandpa was buried or because he was just so darn sweet, but I'm thrilled to have him as part of my children's lives.

As I sat with my MIL and my children's great-grandfather and listened to him tell stories of the numerous experiences of his childhood and life I never once heard him mention anything about the cleanliness of his Mama's floors. :P

So today I'm asking myself the tough questions- Will my children remember how shiny my stove was? Would they remember us playing in the yard more? Do we have any ice cream? Will this matter in ten years?

Of course we still need clean laundry and dishes and dinner to live, but the importance of the little chores just don't seem to be as big of a deal as they did yesterday. Life lesson of the day- stop and smell the freaking roses people, and if you get pricked by a thorn I have 5 first aid kits!

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2 Thoughts From Others:

mommieof4munchkins said...

So true Mrs. Wright, so frickin true! so tonight I will let it go while I make pretty dresses for my girls :D They would rather have dresses than a clean house anyways.

Vivienne said...

You are a wise, wise woman. I should print this post and tape it up by my washing machine to remind me...

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