So the other day we had a few friends over for dinner. One of these couples have a baby under 2 years of age.
Now I am not the world’s cleanest person (Cue : Hubby’s snort of derision). It takes monumental willpower for me to summon the cleaning goddess within me and to make the house spic and span.
I cannot be the only person in the world who thinks that cleaning is a waste of time because Duh! It’s going to get messy again in no time, right? And when you live in a bustling city in a desert, you could be dusting 24/7 and still not get a handle on the mounds of dust bunnies running amok in your home. But I digress.
So we were having guests over and therefore took the effort to make the house a little more presentable than usual. What we did not account for was that there would be a pair of tiny hands and tiny feet that we completely underestimated.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the little tyke. In the short time that I’ve known them, this little one has laid claim to a rather large corner of my heart. But in no time at all we had cake smeared into carpets, food crumbs on our tile, miniature sticky hand-prints on our furniture and associated general chaos. We spent the evening diving across the floor trying to save our glassware from imminent doom. Our fragile souvenirs had to be wrestled from tiny hands with a surprisingly strong grip. The furniture had to be moved around to block access to dangerously tempting stairwells and seductive electrical wiring.
What set off this post is my absolute amazement that anyone who has a toddler around also has a home fit for human visitation. There is NO WAY that anyone with a toddler can have a visitor-ready home. If you do, it has to be an optical illusion of some sort and you must share the secret with us ignorant masses. Perhaps you have a Mary Poppins stashed away somewhere?
And yet when we pay a visit to our friends with young children, their homes are neat to a fault. How on earth do you parents manage it? How? HOW?
This to me is currently the most mysterious mystery in the universe. The Evolution Vs. Creation debate pales in comparison. Please tell me I am not the only one who feels this way.
If somehow you have managed to achieve the Clean Home + Toddler combination without the use of sorcery, you have my utmost respect and unmatched devotion. I bow down to your greatness!
Now if only I knew how to summon Mary Poppins…