July 7, 2011

It's Not About Clean Dishes

Our Sunflower has emerged! Unfortunately, it's directionally challenged.

My kids ask me on a regular basis "Mommy, you wanna wash the dishes." I usually smile and say "Yes, I'm going to wash the dishes" (or if I'm feeling snarky I'll say "Well no, I don't want to, but I'm going to anyways since they need to be clean").

After they asked me that question last night and I stood at the sink washing dishes (our dishwasher is my two hands) I was thinking:

It's not about having clean dishes.

That's not our house it's pointing at. :(

They don't care what they eat off of. It's about the routine, the schedule, the solid aspect that every night (well, almost) mama is going to do the dishes. It's something they can count on.

When I do laundry it's not about clean clothes. It's a guarantee that every Monday is wash day. They can base their days on it.

They get excited when I clean the bathrooms or vacuum the floor. Not because they care about them being clean, but because mama is just doing what mama does and that gives them comfort.

I love doing my job - bringing a peace and relaxation to the house when Ben gets home and giving my kiddos a state of  solidity and dependability . Because it's not about the clean dishes.

Lately I've been pretty exhausted and have found myself sitting and reading most of the time. And they've been a little more chatty, asking me if I want to clean such and such because I think it makes them a bit edgy that the schedule has changed. And mama says no baby, not right now. Mama's very tired.

And they'll have to deal with the change in schedule for a bit longer.

Because we found out Sunday that baby #4 is on the way! :D

And that's why life is not about clean dishes.



no spring chicken said...

Ahhh! I actually teared right up at your news! Congratulations Meg...

Blessings, Debbie

Farm Girl said...

I didn't know you were already tired. Just rest when you can. I love this post. It is wonderful that you have already noticed that doing your job gives your family comfort and gives them security.
Not the clean house or the dishes but knowing that Mommy loves them by the work of her hands.
Blessings to you my dear girl.

Meg said...

Thank you! Although I didn't mean to make anyone cry!

Kessie said...

I'm so excited for you! It's so nice to not be doing dueling pregnancies. Are you having morning sickness? It really does suck to be so tired and sick-feeling when it's so blasted hot.

Meg said...

Nope. No morning sickness yet. I haven't had it with the last two, so I'm not expecting it but you never know.

mountain mama said...

yay! congrats! great post by the way :)

Allison said...

Yay, yay, yay!

I love how you wrote this out, Meg. Wish I could bring a berry crisp over to you tomorrow, or take your boys out to the park with my kids to give you a rest, or sit on the porch and dream about cradles and lullabyes. :)

Changes in the wind said...

You are wise for your young age.

Jennifer said...

yay meg! congratulations! when are you due?

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Super sweet post....and a HUGE congratulations to you and your family!!!!!

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