Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Silliest Thing About People


My daughter spilled a little bit of milk when she was finishing her cereal this morning. As soon as she was done (and without being asked - I'm so proud!) she got a napkin and cleaned up the spill. As she did it, she explained, "Mommy, since I made a mess, I'm cleaning it up."

I thanked her, and told her I was proud of her for being so responsible. Then she looked at me with a very serious expression and said (in a somewhat baffled tone) "Mommy - did you know that some people make messes and don't even clean them up?!"

"I know!" I said, matching her tone. "Can you believe it?"

"That's ridiculous!" she declared, shaking her head. I agreed. As we walked up the stairs, she shook her head again and said (this time somewhat mournfully) "That's just the silliest thing about people."

So there you have it. More wise words from my five-year-old.

If you make a mess, please clean it up. If you break something, please try to fix it. If you hurt someone, please try to make up for it. Take responsibility for your actions, and do the best you can to set things right if you make a mistake. Otherwise, you're just being silly.

6 comments:

  1. Perfect words to live by in an imperfect world. Out of the mouths of babes... thank you. You have a very smart daughter. :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm very proud of her. :)

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  2. We can learn so much by listening to our children!

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    1. Absolutely! They very often say things that seem so simple on the surface, but are actually incredibly profound. I learn from them every day.

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  3. Your daughter rocks! And clearly has an awesome mommy who is showing her exactly how to be responsible. :)-The Dose Girls

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    1. Thank you! She and her brother amaze me constantly. And it's always so nice to get those little moments that remind you that you're doing something right as a mom. :)

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