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Friday, November 07, 2008

Scattered shoes

I pick up a hundred pair of shoes off my living room and kitchen floors daily.

No, I don't live in a shoe store. We don't even have that many shoes in the house, it is the same few pairs over and over and over again. Little Sophia is a fan of pretty shoes and considers it her duty to wear as many as possible all day long. If I ever wonder where she is, a quick check of the closets will usually reveal her trying on my Audrey heels or Chloe's red ruby slippers from Halloween.

This used to drive me absolutely nuts, until I heard the following line from President Monson's talk this past General Conference:

"If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will--to your surprise--miss them profoundly."

That one sentence caused me to look at things differently. Maybe it is annoying to be tripping on shoes constantly, or to never be able to find the mate to Chloe's Sunday shoes, or to have the shoe basket in the hall always overflowing and the closets generally empty of footwear. Okay, so those things really are annoying. But Sophia won't do this forever. Eventually she'll stop being so enamored of pretty shoes and be interested in other things. Or, even if she still loves shoes, she won't feel the need to wear every single pair in the house each day. And when that happens, I really will miss the sight (and don't forget the sound!) of her cute little self prancing around in my highest heels proclaiming her beauty.

So, for now, I will be thankful for every shoe I pick up during the day. After all, the little stinker did win me a thousand dollars (with your help, of course) due to her not-so-little shoe obsession. If that's not reason to be grateful, I don't know what is!

I'm still not convinced I will miss doing piles and piles of laundry, though. You'll have to get back to me in 20 years or so and see how I feel then. Meanwhile, I'll try to also be thankful for the 5 loads of laundry I currently have in my hallway waiting to be folded and put away.

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20 comments :

  1. I love this post. It is so true. As I look at my kids they are growing and growing and before I blink they will be all grown up. Enjoy every shoe that is out.

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  2. Good reminder--although sometimes it's hard to enjoy the spilled Cheerios, random socks, and piles of strewn Legos. I'll try harder. :)

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  3. My sister posted that SAME quote and pretty much the same post on her blog this morning.....it's nice to know such inspired people. :)

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  4. That is why I loved the loft, and all the toys and dressups and many things you kids played with hours on end! But the nice thing??? I could shut the door!

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  5. It's tricky to remember those things when you're aiming for organization and cleanliness, but I too need to remember. My son has a total obsession with balls and at all times there are at least 5-10 balls at various locations around the house. It's fun to see his personality though isn't it?

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  6. Love that quote.Tough week dealing with kiddos..... Thanks for the reminder.

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  7. I didn't read your blog back in May, when you won this contest. That is awesome! (And, of course, a beautiful picture.)

    I have been feeling lately like all my kids do is make a mess and then I clean it up. I'm tired of being the servant! But then I realized that it is my job to teach them how to be responsible for their own stuff.

    And yes, I will probably miss it one day. I need to keep telling myself that.

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  8. I really liked that talk as well. Actually, I like all President Monson's talks. I don't think I'll miss the mountain of laundry either, though.

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  9. Thanks for sharing that, Lara. I have always been a neat freak ... my sisters used to tease me that I was OCD in high school. The constant mess and never-ending picking up of motherhood drives me crazy! And, I really don't think I will ever miss the mess once it's gone. But, I sure will miss my children! It's a day that I really don't like to think about very often.

    So, it's nice to have things put into perspective. :)

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  10. I am in a place that I can't imagine missing the laundry, or the shoes (mine just happen to be uber muddy cleats insteda of cute Audrey shoes)...
    I know it will happen, but {sigh}

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  11. SO good to keep things in perspective. Thanks!

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  12. So true!!! I remember hearing that too, and thinking the same thing. I got my Ensign yesterday, and am excited to read all the talks, so that I can hopefully have more ah ha moments!!

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  13. I'm with you on the laundry part. So, unless Joel decides after the kids have gone to do it, I'm afraid the piles won't be gone (just much, much smaller).

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  14. I love shoes. Maybe she'll be like me when she grows up and like you said, still own hundreds, but not try all of them on.

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  15. Thanks for the great reminder. I think I need it every day.

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  16. I loved that sentence, too - thanks for sharing it again here.

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  17. That line was the single most profound statement in the whole conference for me. I loved it and related to it as all of us young Mothers probably do.

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  18. Hey thanks for this post! Hope you have a great weekend :)

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  19. It's really hard to convince yourself that's the truth when you just can't get on top of anything though! But it's true...although, I'm not sure I'll ever miss poppy diapers...maybe, but I doubt it.

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  20. Hey, I have a point on my org blog about shoes. try this link:

    http://got-org.blogspot.com/2008/10/time-management-morning-school.html

    my kids LOVE their own shoe box and it has helped.. I agree, they are only small once, and we need to cherish the time we have with them, but I will do that better when I am not twisting my ankle on shoes ! LOL

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