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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