“Your chaotic present is someone else’s nostalgic past.”—Jamie Martin, Mindset for Moms
My house is a mess.
I don’t mean that my spice rack is no longer alphabetized. I don’t mean that I need to re-fan the magazines on the coffee table. No.
I mean that I told my husband that I want a Dumpster for Mother’s Day this year, and I was only sort of joking. I mean that, if my grandma showed up unannounced, I would not let her use the bathroom . I mean that the basement… O! The basement! After returning from the basement, I have to lie down in a dark, quiet room with a cold compress on my head. That’s what I mean.
Recently, the state of my house has skyrocketed toward the top of my List of Things That Cause Existential Despair. (It’s currently at #4. Death still holds the top spot, with upper-arm fat and above-the-bra back-pudge tied at #2. The knowledge that the sun will eventually go out is #3.)
But it’s Day 1 of the 10-Day Family Re-charge, and Erin Goodman has challenged me to embrace the chaos, and I’m kind of shocked to discover that it’s really pretty easy. Yes, my house is a mess, but that’s because there are so many things that are more important—more fun, more rewarding, more joyful, more immediately necessary—than tidying right now. We’re too busy eating and sleeping and playing and working and making stuff and loving each other to make our beds and put away the crayons.
This mess is our mess. This is our home. I’m so glad I'm here.