Challenge #8 – Fingerprints


I think this might be my favorite challenge so far. I have ten little hands spreading grime on every doorway and wall in this house. It starts about 2 feet from the floor and stops about 4 1/2 feet from the floor.

At every corner I see dirt smudges, fingerprints, chocolate pudding blobs and peanut butter smear. It bothers me because I worry what other people will think of me if my walls, doorways and stairwells look like this. Not because it really bothers ME so much. Because, while I don’t love it, I accept that it is a side effect of having 5 young kids. But I fear others parents will think:
“Man, she really doesn’t take care of her house very well.”
“She shouldn’t have had so many kids”
“Poor kids, their mom doesn’t even have the time to keep their environment clean.”
“She just can’t handle this many kids.”

All true except for the “she shouldn’t have had this many kids” one. I don’t believe that one at all, but I have heard it!

I don’t want others to know that I really can’t keep up. Hey, I don’t want to accept that I can’t do it all perfectly.

So today I am cleaning the smudges from my walls because it bothers me to look at them every time I climb the stairs, not because anyone else is going to thing I’m an inferior mother.

And I will feel better for a day; and then the smudges will be back.

But as I clean the grime from my walls I will look at them differently. I will see them as a reminder of a fun day outside playing laser tag, football, soccer, capture the flag, basketball, cartwheels in the front yard and digging up worms in the back. Those smudges are memories of good times, not a judgement on my mothering abilities or decisions.

So take a good look today – I look like I’m a good mom. But tomorrow when my walls look disgusting again – I will be a good mom then too.

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