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Mommy Matters

Mommy Matters

Mommy Matters: Not My Mother's Daughter

 

I have my mom's eyes and nose. My sister says I have her gregarious personality, too. One thing I did not inherit from my mother, however, is her superhuman ability to keep everything in her life insanely clean and organized.

 

Our daughter and I recently got back from a two-week trip visiting family, and I was reminded of just how neat and tidy my mother is. Her home is spotless, her car is clean, her office is orderly.

(My dad is fortunate to have found such a mate. I definitely inherited my right-brained tendencies from him. Were he left to his own devices he'd likely drown in piles of sheet music and old LPs!) The most wonderful thing about her is that she's not judgmental about other people's messes, and her home doesn't feel so pristine that you can't be comfortable in it.

 

Coming back home after being with my parents, I was able to see our home with fresh eyes. There were stacks of books and magazines in my office, holiday decorations I hadn't yet put away (I'm not going to say which holiday!), and piles of clean clothes that had been folded but hadn't quite made their way to the dresser. For the first time in my life, I wanted to do something about it. I'm usually quite comfortable with the organized chaos that surrounds me, but the following night my husband and I went on a cleaning frenzy that left our house tidier than it's been in a long time. It felt great!

 

The next morning, our three-year-old woke up and asked, "Why is it not messy in here?" That was a pretty sobering statement that reminded me we are already shaping her habits and expectations. Here's hoping that we can keep things this way for awhile, and that the clean gene I obviously didn't inherit skips a generation!

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