With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: big kids

Monday, October 4, 2010

big kids

If you are a young mom engaged in the busyness of training and raising your young-in's, you may wish to stop reading this post now especially if you think parenting gets easier as your beloved children grow into adults.
Here is what I noticed at the end of the hallway upon waking this morning...
a closer inspection revealed this...
a note telling me she loves me and even includes and heart and a happy face...
oh... and a request
but there is more...
I follow the arrow...
What compassionate human being would not be moved by someone who cleaned nonstop into the wee hours of the morning tossing both clean and dirty laundry out of ones room into a pathetic, stinky heap at the end of the hall.

Now, if you are one of those extremely fortunate mom's that has a neat child, please don't tell me because I will be envious.  I got a couple of messy kids and Abbey does messy better than most.  Maybe it is linked to her artsy-ness ~ maybe it is pure sluggard-ness. 

I gave her fair warning.
"Abbey, you have until Sunday night to clean your room.
First thing Monday morning, I'm going in."

Guess she thought this would buy her some time.
It did.
I will give her a few more days before I head in armed with giant Hefty bags.

16 comments:

Susan said...

ha ha ha ha ha Oh LDH, that was humorous. I can identify totally. But you know what? I'd do anything to return to at least one day of my childrens' teenage years. It's kind of like that play "Our Town." We don't realize what we have until we lose it.

One day she won't be there at all, LDH. You will have very clean but empty rooms.

Parenting is definitely bittersweet. Take care. Susan P.S. At least your girl has a sense of humor, whether she knows it or now.

NanaDiana said...

Oh. They never really grow up, do they? Even when they are grown and gone and then come home it is like they are kids again. Drop this and that here and there...Mom...can you? Will you? Where's my? What should I?

Yep- Once a Mom...always a Mom. Love your daughter's sense of humor..gotta give her at least one point for that! xxoo Diana

Tracy Suzanne said...

Oh' that's funny. Love you taking a picture and posting it. These are the memories and laughs you'll cherish.

ooo's....Tracy :)

Shelia said...

Oh, this is so funny! Abby knows how to work it, doesn't she? I'm really giggling here! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Julie Harward said...

That is so funny! She knows that she's got it good..mama is here! What a girl..well, I have raised 8 and I still don't know what to tell you..just gotta love her! ;D

Ruza123 said...

I have a big smile on my face!!! you are not only with notice like this!!:)

RĂ³mulo Vela Cervantes said...

Hi LDH! I topped in your blog to say hello. Your post made me smile. :)

Beth said...

So funny! I see piles of clothes like this in my girls' rooms, but not with the cute note! Nice to see that someone else's daughter also mixes clean and dirty!

Mary said...

What a Hoot~ love that you posted this! Thanks for the chuckles :-)

Valerie said...

I am laughing because I live that everyday - and crying because I know soon - as Susan said - the piles and my boys will all TOO SOON move away.

I had a hard time this past weekend as I paid my oldest sons (19) health insurance premium. Because he turned 19 last month and is not in college - and works 37 hours a week and is not eligible for health insurance where he works - my hubby and I had to find another way to get health insurance for him. I cried not because I am now paying double for him alone (what I pay for my whole family), but because he is separate in yet one more way.

Parenting IS bittersweet - I am so thankful for all of the moments I have had and will yet have with them -

If only I didn't get so frustrated with the piles of clean and dirty mixed clothes that are a weekly occurrence!! Your post made me realize I am not alone in this battle for teen independence. Many have gone before - and many will come behind, and many are traveling the road with us!

Thank you for a great post!!

Dishesdone said...

LOL! This is the funniest! My mother could have a few words on this subject, but there is hope, she will eventually have her own place and she will keep it looking fine. Just don't ever look in her closets or drawers :)

Thanks for the laugh! Good post!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I have seen the piles, I have read the notes and believe it or not, I have even seen the heart on the letter. I could totally relate to this post and smiled as I did. My little messy is getting married in a few months. she assures me that she is going to keep her home so neat. I will wait to see. I find her artsiness and messiness seem to go together.

Ann said...

LOL Love it. I can't tell you how many years I spent wondering if there was actually a floor in my daughters room. It wasn't till she moved out that I finally remembered what the carpet looked like in there. I don't know how many times I went in with garbage bags and cleaned it up only to find her the next day digging through the bags and dragging things back in. Oh those were some rough years...lol

Kathleen said...

Very funny, LDH!
I am the youngest of 4 girls, and 3 of us shared a large room. We always piled clothes on the chair, and left them there. We wore uniforms to school so these were after school things. My mom warned us and warned us that she was going to pitch them out the window. Oh yeah, we thought.
One snowy day we were very surprised to see the chair full of clothes thrown out the back window and adorning the bushes decorated with snow! :)
I always worked so dh would do the laundry. He folds much better than I do! :)

Janice said...

Great note though! Funny thing is that since moving out one of my boys is still messy but the other has become reasonably neat. This really made me smile, thank you.

Abounding Treasures said...

You brought a smile and a chuckle with this post and especially that note :o)

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