The Messiness of Childhood

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Friday.  Today’s Five Minute Friday word is Mess.  As the mother of a 6 1/2-year-old, I am only too familiar with messes and that is totally fine with me.

On your mark, get set, go!

When Ian was about 3 years old, he drew permanent marker on his legs.  Talk about a mess.  Here is a photo from when he did that.  Thankfully it didn’t get on the furniture, his clothing or the carpet.  For that we are blessed.

Afer doing this, I think he knew he was in trouble and never repeated this activity, but he still makes plenty of messes while using magic markers and painting.

Since then, I have been asking him, when we make a mess, what do we do?  “We clean it up Mommy.”  We decided early on that he understands that messes will be made and that you clean them up and move on.  Not that you purposely try to make them, but we realize mistakes happen and things get spilled.

More recently, he makes messes in his room while playing with his Legos.  The entire box of them are all over the floor while he creates a new MiniFigure, shape, building, or vehicle.  Or while reading, books end up all over the place.

And, we regularly have a messy kitchen especially when he helps me cook.  There are crumbs everywhere, mixes on the counter, sauces on top of the stove, and drops of milk that have to be cleaned up.  All of this mess leads to lots of cleaning and laundry.

But, you know what, I’d have it no other way!  A fun childhood includes messes, don’t you think?

Now STOP!  Times Up.  My that time went really fast today and I wasn’t finished.  So, I decided to add a few messy moments of Ian’s childhood as well as the cleaning up:

  • Spending hours playing and covering all of the floor space in a room
  • Eating spaghetti and getting the sauce all over his face and clothes
  • Licking sticky fingers from a dripping ice cream cone on a hot day
  • Digging in the dirt
  • Stomping in puddles after a few rainy days
  • Walking in the mud and getting his clothes covered
  • Washing off sandy feet after a fun day at the beach
  • Cleaning an apron that he wears while helping cook dinner
  • Washing his legs covered with that permanent marker – took a lot of baths to come off

I wonder what new messes will we make today?  I am sure that they will be fun and can always be cleaned up later!  Have a great weekend.

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2 thoughts on “The Messiness of Childhood

    • Drusilla, I totally agree that messes are fun! I like your idea about what to recall when cleaning up. I will keep that in mind next time. Thanks so much for your comment. Patti

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