Ask and ye shall receive…
Or, after today’s experiences, I’m going to go with: Be careful what you wish for!
After taking my four year old out for a mom and daughter day that included candy bar pancakes for Mini~Me at my favorite cafe, we ran a few errands. When we arrived home, I figured I’d take advantage of the fact I had someone keeping an eye on the kids to get caught up with the piles of laundry that are plaguing the house. Walking through our upstairs loft, I said offhandedly to my four-year-old, “Hey, do you mind putting the clothes in a basket for me?” I could hear her huffing and puffing as I folded towels in my bedroom, but really didn’t think too much of it. When I next stepped out in the loft, the clothes were gone, along with the basket. When I asked said four-year-old what happened to the clothes, she said very sweetly: “I took them downstairs, Mommy!” A bit surprised I asked, “Are they just laying around down there?” “Oh no, I put them in the laundry room.”
Yeah, she most definitely did put the clothes in the laundry room. And by “clothes”, I mean, every single clothing item that belongs to her, her older sister, and her younger brother, clean or dirty, made their way into a huge pile in our laundry room. While I stared, totally amazed and totally daunted by the idea that I now had at least four times the laundry to wash as I had before, my very spitting image looked up at me with the eyes I passed onto her and said, “Did I do a good job?”
While I struggled to not burst out laughing, I gave her a hug and said, “You did the very best job you could have done, lovie.”
Moral of the story? Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.
Parental lesson of the day? Our children pay very close attention to us.
Life lesson of the day? Very carefully word what you want!