I'm not talking about shiny-ing it all up. I'm talking about dumping actual crumbs out of it and then wiping it all down.
And I can't help but wonder, how do they get in there?
The silverware is lifted, all gleaming and shiny, from the dishwasher, and put directly into the silverware drawer.
It is not first thrown outside. It is not placed in a bag of grit and gravel and shaken about like chicken in a Shake-n-Bake baggie. It is not placed in the bottom of the bird cage or in the cat's litter box.
Do the crumbs come from the hands of my children, who are the ones emptying the dishwasher?
Though my Mom-Grooming-Oversight-Skills are not what they once were, I'd like to think that my children are not so dirty that stuff literally drops off their hands.
Guess I'll just file it under the category of one of life's mysteries, along with the more cliched ones like why you can put 14 socks in the washer and only 11 come out of the dryer. Or like how there can be seemingly dozens of plates and cups sitting about and yet when you ask people (meaning the kids) to pick their stuff up, all you get it, "It's not mine" shouted out in unison.
But as I look about my house, I realize there are crumbs in all the nooks and crannies of my home, not just in the silverware drawer.
I don't mean the 'particle of dried up food' crumb (though they are represented in large numbers as well). I mean tangible remnants of life with six kids in a big house with a Mom too frazzled to manage things.
A few of the crumbs visible to me right now.....
Broken Silly Band Scrap of paper from airplane-making Tiny plastic bottle of bubbles from a birthday party goodie-bag Stretched out fuschia ponytail Broken crayon too small to be of further use Jack of clubs A wilted pink carnation
I guess if I, gun-to-my-head HAD to put a positive spin on things, I could say that these crumbs are reminders of who my kids are....
They are into semi-adorable pre-teen fads They can spend time doing creative stuff when they're not glued to a screen They enjoy birthday parties as much as the next young person and can still be captivated by the magic of bubbles They fix each other's hair in braids and ponytails and cute little up-do's They still like to color They can entertain themselves with a good old-fashioned deck of cards They gave and received Valentine's carnations at school from friends and crushes
So I've managed to put a positive spin on the Stuff Crumbs, but for the crumbs in my silverware drawer?
Like Mr. Rogers used to say (paraphrased), Won't - you be - my Followers?
A Little History
Quite frankly, I don't know what I was thinking at the time. We went from 3 kids by birth to "oh, let's adopt a 4th" without a whole lot of deliberation.
While adopting said 4th (in Kazakhstan), we met a young man of 8 yrs by the name of Borya. Thought he was a pretty nice kid and years later found out we could adopt him too. Only thing was, he came as a 2-in-1 package with his younger sister Ylia. What the hay, said we, and rushed headlong into the adoption process. Again. To adopt two kids that were 10 and 13 at the time.
Started a blog to keep track of where my head was in this adoption game. When Borya and Ylia arrived home, we were suddenly the proud parents of six kids, ages 9, 10, 11, 11, 13 and 13.
That was back in 2009, but I still blog. I figure what doesn't make us laugh makes us cry, and I'd rather be laughing.
Also? We live on a farm(ish) with a few dozen critters. You're just as likely to read a post about the farming side of things as you are the parenting side. Thought you might want to know in case you have allergies or something.
As for the structure of this blog, I pretty much post on a daily basis, and I tend to be all over the place in what I write about, so if it's nice, neat and compartmentalized you're looking for, be off with you now, you won't find it here.
I do have some structure, though, I'm not a total bohemian. I roll like this:
Mon: Mirth Monday. A little somethin' to make you chuckle.
Tues: Sometimes Adoption Tuesday, sometimes A Tip For Tuesday, sometimes random thoughts.
Weds: Wordless Wednesday. Usually a photo or some artwork from myself or one of my oh-so-talented children.
Thurs: all random, all the time.
Fri: Farm Friday. Speaks for itself.
Sat, Sun: More random musings.
Feel free to explore and don't be shy -- drop me a line to say hello, and be sure to add yourself as a follower. Feeds my ego in a big way. I'm very insecure.
Cast of Characters
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Our Family in 2009
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