I went to fold clean clothes on my bed when I realized I hadn’t made my bed.
I put the clothes back in the dryer and went to make the bed.
On the way to make the bed, I saw tortillas on the counter. This made me remember there’s a family at church I need to cook for, so I started making enchiladas.
While I was making enchiladas, I got an email. I went to check it out and realized I needed to add something to the bulletin for church the next day, so I sat and worked on the bulletin.
While I was at my computer, I saw my checkbook and decided to work on balancing my accounts.
While I was balancing the accounts, my kids told me they were hungry. This reminded me of the enchiladas I was making.
Going to the refrigerator to get something for the enchiladas, I noticed a vent that had dust on it, so I went to get the vacuum.
After vacuuming, I had to wash my hands before getting back to making enchiladas. Washing my hands made me see the dishes in the sink. I started washing the dishes when my husband called me to the front door and asked me to get his knife from the bedroom.
In the bedroom, I saw some toothpaste on the nightstand that needed to be put in the bathroom. This made me think of the community project toiletries donation so I started searching for more.
Meanwhile hubby calls from the front door. Oh, yes, his knife! Taking his knife to him, I see the pile of papers on the entry bench.
I start putting the papers away when I find a box of cards and realize I need to write to my grandma. Bringing a card to the table, I find a pile of things that need to go to the classroom.
On the way to the classroom, I see a towel on the bathroom floor. This reminds me of the laundry. On the way to the laundry, I see the enchiladas.
The enchiladas remind me that the kids are still hungry so I finish the enchiladas and start to make dinner. I need a can from the outside cupboard and this reminds me to feed the dog.
While feeding the dog, my son asks me to come play with him. I go help him with his new bike when we realize we’re hungry. I head back to the house to make dinner.
On the way in the house, I see a box of books that need to be put away. Putting books away in the classroom, I see a kid’s cookbook. This reminds me of making dinner.
Making dinner, I am looking for a clean dish towel and this reminds me that I need to do the laundry!!!
*I wrote this one day several years ago, but though the details have changed a bit as my children have grown, I think this story will always apply to mothers. (And, yes, it is a true story! It happened just as it was written.)
Those of you who are familiar with the children’s books If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, and other stories by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond will recognize the style of this story. If you’re a parent, you will have, no doubt, experienced the same thing in your own life!
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