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The Dishes Can Wait

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Between getting my eight-year-old son to school each morning, and staying home with my active three-year-old, I am pretty busy. There is always something to do. Whether it be the morning dishes or the never-ending loads of laundry and of course the trails of messes my daughter makes.

One particular day, my daughter asked me to snuggle with her. I told her I would, but after I got all my “chores” done. The time slipped by and the day went on as usual and the evening came. I kissed my kids and put them to bed. It wasn’t until I got into bed that I realized I had forgotten to snuggle with my daughter.

I felt awful that I had let her down. I promised myself right then and there, that I would make myself more available to my daughter per her request. After all, I am a stay-at-home mother. It is my number one job! Cleaning and laundry are all things that need to be done, but maybe it was the order in which I was choosing to do things that needed to change.


The next day, I sat with my daughter, holding her and snuggling with her, even though my mind was in the “go” mode to get things done. As the time went by, I realized I looked forward to these moments of closeness with my little girl. Even if it meant my house looked like a disaster.

It dawned on me that there will always be time to have a clean and tidy home. But my daughter won’t always want to snuggle, and she will grow up and have a place of her own. And I will be sitting in my clean home, wishing for those sweet snuggles.

I will miss what piles of laundry waiting to be done and dishes stacked high in the sink mean; memories of my daughter and I snuggling and savoring every moment together. She won’t look back and remember how clean her house was. She will remember our time spent together.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

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