Last week I posted this picture on our Facebook page with the following words:
I have dishes in my sink, floors covered in mud, beds unmade, and laundry the size of Mount Everest. So I decided to do some painting with my toddler. #priorities
I was overwhelmed with the response to this simple little gesture to encourage others to just let it all slide for a day. One fellow mom said:
I promise… It will all still be there when he is not! You have your priorities right!!!!
What a simple yet profound statement.
Mamas, trust me I know it’s really hard sometimes. I do. And even on this day, soon after I snapped this picture, my little love spilled water everywhere because of disobedience, threw himself on the floor in a temper tantrum because his dog went upstairs, asked for more milk a hundred times, and pulled all the muddy boots into the living room for the millionth time that morning (after being told not to).
But in this moment, this single moment captured, we created memories. We said to heck with the mud, the dishes can crust, the laundry can sour, the emails can wait, and we painted and we glued and we glittered. We made an enormous mess. But he laughed and he said, “Thank you, Mommy.”
Those toes are forever captured into a little red shaped heart for not just me, but for grandmaw and grandpaw, aunts, and cousins to0 all because we cleared our calendars for a day and ignored the mud on the floor.