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Mama makes mistakes too.


I had just come out of the bathroom from cutting the kids hair….
Check out FREE Haircut Day on Old Rambling Road for more on that. You can see the mess that I already had on my hands….

Disgusting, right?!?! Well, I walked 10 steps into my bedroom (which by the way has brand new carpet…) and I saw nothing but RED!!! Steam came out of my ears like you see in the cartoons. Mac and Rosie’s eyes were as big as softballs staring at me in horror.

You should know that we live in a house owned by my overperfectionist, clean-freak parents. I love them, but it’s true. Ha! They purchased this house for the kids and me just a few months ago as a rental property, and have almost completely remodeled the entire thing with beautiful upgrades that I hope to show you in future posts. So, when I say brand new carpets… I mean BRAND NEW, light carpets…. and not mine! You know what I mean? {{Nervous giggle}}

These photos do not show the magnitude of my horror! Trust me, it was much scarier in person…

As a mama of 2 preschoolers, your first reaction is to ask WHO DID IT, right?!
Please back me up Mamas!! Lol! I so wish that I had a picture of their faces at that moment! I’m furiously looking at them for answers, and they are looking at each other in horror as if silently asking each other, did you do it?

Next question, what the heck is that red stuff EVERY WHERE!? And how am I going to get it out so my parents don’t freak out!! It’s all kind of laughable after the fact, but trust me nobody was laughing at that moment!

Suddenly, I had a flash of memory. A few days earlier, I had pulled out some red icing (that I just so happened to have) and sprinkles for the kids to make snow cones with all the crazy amount of snow we had received. Well, being the procrastinator that I am I had left it in the garage (on the ground no less) for a couple of days thinking that they would play with it again….. BIG MISTAKE! I had “thought” to myself, you really ought to pick that up before it gets tracked inside…. BIG sighhh, of disappointment in myself…

Knowing that the kids weren’t wearing shoes and had just gotten out of the bath, I reluctantly looked down at my own boots… I HAD DONE IT! It was my fault! Now, how am I going to spin this with the kids? They saw how upset I was when I thought it was THEM, but now we all knew that it was MY fault!

Enter, perfect opportunity to teach them a lesson…

My oldest, Mac, who is 4-years old, was very concerned about the whole ordeal while my 2-year old, Rosie could’ve cared less.

I immediately went into a cleaning frenzy! My next post will be on how to remove red icing from very light carpet. Water doesn’t do it, unless you want pink carpet.

Mac watched as I struggled to figure out how to remove the stains. Once I finally realized how I was going to clean up my mess, the carpet, I turned to my kids who were way past there afternoon nap at this point and knew that I would have to give them some sort of explanation.

I pulled them both onto my lap and explained that this was a perfect example of how Mama is not perfect. I make mistakes. BIG ones sometimes. And although I am mad at myself, everything will be okay. I’m going to do my best to clean up my mess, but even if I couldn’t clean up the red icing that I had mindlessly tracked all over the house, Grandma and Grandpa might be upset with me, but they will still love me.

It’s okay to make mistakes. While you might get in trouble or be upset with yourself, it’s not that big of a deal. Everybody’s safe. Nobody’s hurt. So, everything will be just fine.

It actually turned out to be a very productive discussion with my kids considering our current family issues. Having separated from their father and moved into an apartment for 4 months and now this house just a few months ago they have been through a lot! Especially my 4-year old who is having a very hard time understanding how to express his feelings, and I am constantly trying to reassure him and his sister that Mama and Daddy both love them so so much regardless of all the changes that have occurred.

I tucked them both into bed for their afternoon naps and told them that I was going into the garage to get some cleaning supplies. Mac, looked at me very seriously and said, “Mama, make sure you take your shoes off when you come back in.” LOL!! I love him so much!! I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at that moment because I realized that regardless of ALL of my mistakes, decisions and challenges he still loves me, and WE will all be okay!

Yours Truly,
Rambling Rose