The Mustard on my Shirt

Before having a child I remember going to friends houses who had children and having a look around and thinking, why is there art stuck to the bottom of the cabinets? How come there’s a Barbie in the sink in the bathroom that they haven’t moved? Why don’t they change their living room around it would be so much bigger?  Did she notice the glob of mustard on her shirt?

I wasn’t going to be that way. I would have clean cabinets, organized cupboards, fluffed up pillows, and my kids would be in outfits that matched perfectly.

And then I punched myself in the face for being so ridiculous.

Today I looked over at my hutch and saw something that made laugh out loud at my younger self.

A piece of art, cut widely out of construction paper, stuck with a million pieces of tape, to the bottom of my hutch.

When I asked why it was there my daughter told me, “so the cat can see it.”


So I left it there.

Because, the cat.

And because my daughter was proud of her art, and so was I.

I understand why the art is all over the kitchen. We are so proud of what our children do we want them and everyone else to know it.


My house now mirrors what my friends houses looked like.

The Barbie is in the sink because she went on vacation and is in the hotel pool, The living room is that way and will stay that way because that way our daughter won’t fly over the railing to the stair case from the couch, and the mustard on my clothes? I always knew about the mustard, I just stopped caring a long time ago.


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2 Responses to The Mustard on my Shirt
  1. Nic
    February 17, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    OH HOW I LOVE THIS POST! seriously my house is everything you explained times x10 because of my daycare. Kids come first. Who cares about the mess. People that care how your house looks shouldnt visit you. They come to see you not your house. I so love this post and think so many moms shoukd listen to the message here.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 19, 2015 | 2:59 pm

      thank you, Nic. You are always so encouraging. That’s why I love you. xo

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