Someday We Will Have Nice Things. Today is Not That Day.

And, I’ve saved the best for last. A few months back, I had the crazy idea to go take a shower while the 2-year-old was watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Silly me.

I come back down to find the toddler had gotten into our craft paint (like, not kid paint, realacrylic paint), and smeared it all over the house. Like, multiple locations. The TV table, my new rug, all over the floors, the closet doors, and of course, himself. (And of course, the black paint, because why would you choose white in a situation like this? *wink*) It literally took me 2 hours to clean up, and all I could think was, ‘Wow. Thank goodness this is a season.’

It’s a season, all right.

A season when I can’t turn my back for a minute. Or leave anything breakable, or nice, out.

At any point.

Sometimes, I just sit alone in the guest room and stroke that my favorite leather handbag to remember I do have a few nice things in life. I also lock the bathroom door every time I pee and can’t drink out of a glass coffee mug.

This is mom life, my friends.

We may not have glass coffee tables or hurricane vases (or anything out on any surface in any part of our home), but we do have a few nice things we can revel in until the kids grow up and dress themselves and drink out of regular cups.


Chats with friends.

A hot cup of coffee.

A favorite lip gloss.

A nice pair of boots.

And for me, my Lily Jade bag.

(But, make no mistake: this beautiful bag is kept high on a shelf in the guest room closet. Heaven knows we do NOT need any black paint or toothpaste coming anywhere close.)



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Janie Porter
Janie Porter
Formerly an Emmy-nominated TV news reporter, Janie Porter is the creator of She Just Glows and (often-unshowered) stay-at-home mama to three boys 5 years old and under. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more posts about less-than-perfect parenting and finding your inner glow.

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