Saturday, February 25, 2012

Dear Mother,

I'm sorry. I know you raised me better, but I don't make my kids bathe every night. I don't make them make their beds. I ask them if they brushed their teeth, but I don't actually check.

I know it is a shameful reflection on you, but I don't clean every day. I don't sweep under the fridge or vacuum the coils. I pulled the oven out the other day to get something. Then I put it back without even cleaning the sides.

Mom, I know you put a lot of hard work into teaching me to clean the toilets and tubs just so, but I rarely do it. I know I should, but there is so much else I want to do. I can sew a straight seam, I can make and preserve jam, I can bake fairly well. I just don't want to.

I can hear you in my head sometimes, "Make sure you have on clean panties. You never know when you will be in a wreck." I tell you to be quiet because i am pretty sure that if I were in a wreck, that would be the last thing on the doctor's mind. What kind of doctor does undie inspection anyway?

So, Mom, my kids are in bed at 11 pm. I am not positive that they brushed their teeth, and I am certain that most of them stink. some will take a shower tomorrow before church. Some will not. I am pretty sure Jesus loves them all the same.

Love,
Your too-busy-having-fun-to-worry-about-it youngest daughter.

6 comments:

gramma2many said...

At least Jonah is clean.

Angie Cope said...

Actually, if I am in a wreck I might just crap a brick of some sort just being scared or nervous. Therefore ruining the clean panty advice! Just sayin'........

Elena said...

I think we are sisters!

Anonymous said...

Amen sista!!!!!! Actually, my mom didn't really teach me much of that stuff- she was more concerned of my internal faith than the house. So, I'm doing much better cleaning than she did.

Washer Mom Val said...

Love it. Could have written it. Well done....be who you are. I need to remind myself to "harp aka nag" less on my kiddos....thanks for the lovely post.

Heidrun Khokhar said...

Yes but some of us actually liked what we were taught and still had amazing busy fun filled days!
Kids were taught but choices to comply became theirs by age 11. One kept a messy room at home but later as soon Astor her own place she became tidy.