It's The Little Things

Every once in a while, a child will do something that makes all those years of parenting (21, but who's counting?) worth it.  Something that makes you realize that, hey, there is hope that one of those little people who have been cluttering up your house for well nigh 2 decades might actually turn into a bona fide grown-up someday.  And this past week, dear readers, just such an event took place in my household.

The wrong way, but I don't care
You see, a child -- one born of my loins and suckled at my breast -- spotted an empty toilet-paper spindle and, of her own accord, retrieved a roll of toilet paper from the linen closet and PLACED THAT NEW ROLL ON THE EMPTY SPINDLE.

I know. 

Not to name names, but it was Susie, the 7-year-old, who has earned Most Favored Child status for the foreseeable future.  And every time I walk into the powder room and see that clumsily loaded roll of paper hanging there, I -- no joke here -- get tears in my eyes and a funny little pang in my chest. 


This, my friends, is what 21 years of parenting (and, yes, I do keep track) does to a person.  Just so you know...


[toilet paper image: J-TWO-O]

Comments

  1. Amazing! I have a hard time believing this really happened, but I'll take your word for it!

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  2. WOOOHOO!!! That's amazing!!

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  3. Well that's depressing. You've been at this longer than I...and I had kinda hoped the turning into grown up part might happen sooner. Oh well..who needs sleep?

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  4. If it was Christmas time, we'd call that a Christmas miracle!

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  5. You mean I only have to wait 13 more years for someone other than me to change toilet paper? Well, that would make my youngest 17 at the time, but better late than never, right? (I most definitely am referring to husband.) You just gave me hope! (It almost makes up for the menopause post.)

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  6. Holy smoke. I don't think my children know how to do this. I avoid going into their bathroom.

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  7. It it amazing that it is the small things that mean the most? Very happy for you.

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  8. They grow up so fast... [grin]

    ~Luke

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  9. I feel the same way when it happens at my house. Yay, Susie! :)

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  10. Those moments are the best. There's hope for America today!

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  11. Mine claim it exceeds their fine motor skill levels. I scoff.

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  12. Seriously...I'd cry too. Have you had her IQ tested? This sounds almost prodigy-like.

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