the law of entropy

28 Oct the law of entropy

I can’t tell you how much work it takes to stay a step ahead of Bronwynn’s messes. Kris gave her the nickname “the great un-doer” because whenever we take time to clean an area of the house, she comes immediately behind us and makes a new, bigger, better mess. At lightning speed. (Remember this video?) 

What I wasn’t prepared for is how Miles would so quickly follow in B’s footsteps. Exhibit A:

That’s after about 5 minutes of playing alone. 

I’m not a perfectionist. I don’t need a spotless house. I actually think it’s kind of cute to find toys buried in my bed or hidden in my freezer. I just need to NOT step on a ripe banana in my living room. Finding sippy cups full of curdled milk in the toy box isn’t fun either.

  • Sarah Buttenwieser
    Posted at 18:04h, 28 October Reply

    Try this x4. With messy-leaning parents.

    I wrote a guest post about this on the MOM EGG this week:

  • Gina
    Posted at 18:18h, 28 October Reply

    Sarah, thanks for sharing that link. I’m comforted to know we’re riding the same wavelength. I tried to comment on your blog, but the form isn’t working. I love this line from your post:

    “In a way, that’s what it is to write honestly about motherhood; you must believe the essential nature of what we are doing overrides the fact that what surrounds the family’s relationships—materials we use to build our relationships—are these little details, ones seemingly worth ignoring. Except, these details are where we live.”

    So true.


  • Emily Reis
    Posted at 03:06h, 29 October Reply

    My middle school science teacher nicknamed me entropy…to this day it is very fitting. I feel your pain – I am there on a daily basis. I can especially relate to the curdled milk, one of my favorites!

  • Sarah Buttenwieser
    Posted at 21:02h, 29 October Reply

    Thanks, Gina — I am glad it resonates. Next week, I’m going to offer a tiny update on my blog about the reclaim the house project.

  • marta
    Posted at 03:45h, 06 November Reply

    am absolutely delighted to find your site. you are one talented woman. excited to browse around. your kids are darling by the way.

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