Another Mother’s Pain

1 Jun

A balancing act

A balancing act

Today I am sharing a photo from my friend’s home.  This image displays a very impressive skill that has been genetically transferred from father to son.  Balance.  A skill that not only requires a steady hand, perseverance and intention, but also a deep desire to give each trash bag its full potential for efficiency and use.

You see, some may erroneously believe this trashcan is full and needs to be emptied.  But in my friend’s home, the beasts of the house are well aware that there is still a place for the next piece of refuse.  Clearly there is space within that chip bag to insert… say, a napkin?  And behind that artfully teetering stack of plates, I can see how maybe a cup or empty soda can can be wedged into that area.   Oh no, this trashcan cannot possibly be full.

In fact, if you look up the word full you’ll find Webster’s New Collegiate tells us that ‘full’ means, “containing as much or as many as is possible or normal.”  So it sounds like her beasts are not really being unreasonable, or are they?  Just keep in mind that the key word in this definition is ‘normal’… and normal is relative.

Parenting Tip: Set a bounty of $1 per item that falls off the trash pile. If it touches the floor, they pay $1.

[John 10:9b “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”]

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2 Responses to “Another Mother’s Pain”

  1. Anonymous June 2, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    You uncover the most interesting factoids. It’s amazing because my son as also inherited the art of balancing.

    • Bringing Up Beasts June 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

      Yes, and I tend to think that there is a future behind this talent since it takes a steady hand. Potentially a surgeon, veterinarian, pastry chef, professional Lego builder or maybe famous Game of Operation champion? 🙂

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