Recently, in one of those HALLELUJAH moments, Husband decided to take the kids down to the lake for some airing out. I’d just come down with a cold, and after the hustle of the holidays, the time alone in the house was just about the best gift he could give me. (IMPORTANT NOTE: You don’t have to wait til next Christmas to do this again, Husband.)
Just before he left, he said something along the lines of: “I hope you’ll use this time to rest.”
I smiled and nodded and waved my sweet brood out the door. Which I then locked and deadbolted.
I have two hours of alone time IN MY HOUSE coming my way and you think I’m going to rest?!
Immediately, the children’s book If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff popped into my mind. If you’ve never read it, click here to watch it read aloud on YouTube.
Naturally, I had to add “Write my own version of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie to my list of things I wanted to accomplish in my two hours.
Without further adieu, here goes:
If you give a mom a minute, she’s probably going to do some laundry.
When she sees the paint stains on your pants, she’ll probably decide to go through all the clothes in your closet to make sure they’re still in good condition.
Then she’ll make a pile of your clothes that you’ve outgrown so that she can give them away.
When she’s finished in your closet, she’ll move on to your sister’s room and do the same thing.
She’ll notice that storage is lacking for all your sister’s toys, so she’ll search ‘toy organization systems’ on the internet.
Then she’ll create a Pinterest board with all the ideas she found.
When she’s finished making her Pinterest board, she’ll load up the car with all the clothes for donation and take them to a donation bin.
Then she’ll drive to IKEA to purchase the items she needs to organize your sister’s toys more effectively. When she’s on her way home, she’ll go through the Tim Horton’s drive-thru for a coffee with oat milk. When she gets home, she’ll probably lug the IKEA boxes up to your sister’s room by herself instead of waiting for your dad to help her.
Then she’ll assemble the new storage system with nothing but pure determination, hope, and an allen key.
When it’s done, she’ll probably organize all your sister’s toys into the compartments.
Then she’ll remember she had bought herself a coffee that she had left in the car.
She’ll run out to the car to get her coffee, but it might spill all over her shirt when she takes a sip because the lid wasn’t on properly.
Looking at her coffee-stained shirt will make her want to spray it with stain remover.
And chances are if she goes to the laundry room to spray her shirt with stain remover, she’s going to do some more laundry.
Hopefully you read/watched the original version first – otherwise you’re probably thinking my story is quite shite!
Happy New Year, Friends!
(And thanks for the creative time, Husband. This is how I rest best. xo)