“Those that see it, those that don’t”

Take a look at this picture.

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It belongs to a friend of mine. (Don’t worry; she gave me permission to share.) 😉

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those that see it and those that don’t.

I am without a doubt, one of those that see “it.” It’s no secret that I like my house clean! Oh wait. Let me clarify. I like the look of my house when it’s clean. Unbeknownst to my husband, the process of cleaning my house is not actually enjoyable for me. I mean really, who wants to spend their “spare” time picking up other people’s belongings?! Scrubbing toilets and dishes, washing clothes, hanging up the clean laundry. Ugh, I loathe hanging up the laundry!

It’s the worst.

Back to my point. I hate the process; however, I really enjoy the outcome! Not for long, mind you. I have three kids, (four if you include the husband.) But how great is that moment when your whole house is clean?! You can sit back on your couch, put your feet up, enjoy a glass of wine and be at peace with your surroundings.

Total Zen.

If you are a Mom reading this, you know that I am lying, because your little terrors angels are a step behind you ripping everything apart. Or, your husband. I don’t know about you, but I can’t focus on anything, when my house is a mess. It’s like a representation of my mental state. If you ever walk into my home and it looks like an episode of “Hoarders” was filmed here, it is in your best interest to leave. Immediately.

By all means, I try my best. I organize and simplify the steps, but I have three kids and with each kid, you get more stuff and more mess. I realized the other day (while cleaning the house of course), that I spend more time putting items back where they belong, than the time it takes for vacuuming, laundry, and dishes combined. Putting things back in their original place! How much time could be saved if the other people that live here would put things back where they belong?! Toys in the toy bin, laundry in the laundry basket, dishes in the sink. It’s like a scavenger hunt to see what kind of treasures I can find on a daily basis! I’m not gonna lie, it drives me absolutely batty sometimes! No matter how hard I try, I will never understand, because I am one of those people that “see it.”

Have you looked at the picture? Do you see IT?

Here’s what I see. A wife that tried her darnedest to simplify a process.

Problem: Her husband throws his socks on the floor, beside the bed, every night. Now, there must be a logical explanation for this?! Some kind of obstruction or barricade that is keeping him from entering the laundry room? Clearly his legs are broken and his crutches won’t fit through the door! Or, NOT. He’s fine. His legs are perfectly fine, but every night he removes his socks and drops them on the floor, beside the bed.

Solution: The wife places a laundry basket in the exact location of removal.

Do you see it now?? Mind. Blowing.

Now here’s the funny part. Not everyone can “see it.” (Well, not before I point out the obvious.) How do I know this, you ask? Because I showed my husband. I am someone that totally “gets” the insanity of it! The wife made it as simple as possible. Yet, the process of putting the socks into the basket could NOT be done. Her husband just doesn’t “get it.”

I thought to myself, this is the perfect example to show to my husband! He is known for leaving his socks beside the bed too. Surely, he will see the hilarity of this picture!

I waited until he got home from work that day. I couldn’t just send this sort of thing in a text; I had to see the reaction on his face when he saw it. I wanted to share the moment with him. That instant when his brain had processed what his eyes had seen, and we’d laugh, and laugh, and laugh about it. I tried to conceal the smirk on my face as I handed him my phone, where the photo had been stored for easy access. He took the phone from my hand. There was at least 30 seconds of silence as he analyzed what he was looking at. I said to him “isn’t that hilarious?” And he says to me “why would someone leave an empty laundry basket beside the bed??”

I could tell by his expression, that he was not joking. He wasn’t messing with me, he was actually puzzled. And so there I am thinking to myself, it does not get any more obvious than this photo, and he still doesn’t “get it”. He doesn’t see the damn socks?! How is that POSSIBLE?!

That’s when I “got it”.

He will never see the socks.

It’s never going to happen, because he’s just one of “those people.”

It’s not his fault. I actually felt a little bit sorry for him. I mean really, to be that oblivious. But then it hit me. Why on earth do I feel sorry for him!? Someone feel sorry for ME! One, because I want to be the person that doesn’t see the socks! That mounding pile of dirty, sweaty, smelly socks beside the bed. How liberating that must feel, to walk past those dirty socks day in and day out. And two, because I am the person, that will have to pick up those dirty, sweaty, smelly socks for the rest of my days.

Why you ask?

Because my husband doesn’t even see them.

By: Sara Park

 

 

Martinis & Motherhood

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Back in December, an opportunity arose to submit a story for an upcoming motherhood anthology.

The timing was a bit tough, as we were right in the midst of our Kickstarter fundraising campaign, to the fund the second print of  “Clever Carter” books. (Which was a success, by the way ! Yay !) But, lucky for me, the submission deadline for the anthology wasn’t until February ! That gave me plenty of time to sort through the books and pack the Christmas stuff away, before turning my focus back to writing.

A few days and a million interruptions later, I was done! I submitted my story (in the eleventh hour, of course) for their evaluation.

Then came the wait.

I don’t recall exactly how long the wait was, probably a couple of weeks, but I would describe it as a sort of “eternity.” It was like I was waiting for the acceptance letter from my favourite post-secondary school. Sweaty palms and anxiety; the anticipation was killing me !

Well, not literally. But a little bit.

FINALLY in March, I received notification that my story had been accepted into their “Woe” category! (Bet you didn’t see that one coming.) 😉

This awesome anthology is jam packed full of hilarity and “Aww” mommy moments, that will have you wiping tears away while you sip your martini. Yes, the book also includes martini recipes !Martinis book cover

It will be THE book to discuss at your next book club meeting or “girls night in” and it’s available TODAY !

Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF?!” is an anthology and martini recipe book, in one! “These tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF?! Share a little glimpse into the lives of other moms, who are a lot like you. Through their tales, we’re reminded to savour the little things (like capturing extra morning snuggles), to let go of the stresses (they won’t be in that unfortunate phase forever), and to be grateful for the laughs that the unexpected brings (because laughing is better than crying and it may be the only workout our abs get!).”

“So shake up an easy-to-make martini, put your feet up (quickly, before the kids find you) and join us on our journey as we toast to the many clink-worthy moments that motherhood brings.”

Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! is now available on Amazon (CanadaUSAUK and more) in print and Kindle version. * Note, Canadians who’d like to buy the print version of the book will need to order from amazon.com as it is not yet available on amazon.ca.

To read about the WONDER contributors, click here, the WOE contributors, click here, and the WTF!? contributors, click here.

Or you can follow the links below.

Did I mention that I’m a “WOE” contributor ? 😉

Cheers Everyone ! 🙂

Sara

Wonder Contributors Lynn Morrison nomadmomdiary.com ,Angila Peters detachedfromlogic.com ,Magnolia Ripkin magnoliaripkin.com ,Louise Gleeson latenightplays.com ,Jocelyn Pihlaja omightycrisis.com.com ,Alison Huff crumbsdown.com ,Leigh-Mary Barone Hoffmann happilyeverlaughterblog.com ,Shannon Drury theradicalhousewife.com ,Patricia Mirchandani raising-humans.com ,Lauren Stevens lo-wren.com ,Cordelia Newlin de Rojas multilingualmama.com ,Sarah Deveau doingallthethings.com

Woe Contributors Shannon Day martinisandmotherhood.com ,Tara Wilson dontlickthedeck.com ,Vicki Lesage vickilesage.com ,Abby the Writer littlemissperfect.com ,Brooke Takhar missteenussr.com ,Kate Parlin shakespearesmom.com ,Christina Antus christinaantus.net ,Jennifer Baird-Dean thechiofjen.com ,Sara Park crcrsmommyblog.com ,Tamara Schroeder thattamiam.com ,Kristen Hansen Brakeman kristenbrakeman.com ,Lori Lu Green LeRoy theinadequateconception.com ,Carolyn Mackenzie Global’s Carolyn Mackenzie on FB

WTF?! Contributors Susanne Kerns thedustyparachute.com ,Sarah Halsall del Rio established1975.com ,Lisa Webb canadianexpatmom.com ,Jessica D’Andrea Kapp jesskapp.com ,Kim McDonald twobugsandablog.com ,Lisa Carmody Doiron momologues-soliloquies.com ,Olga Mecking europeanmama.com ,Holly Rust mothersguidetosanity.com ,Kathryn Leehane foxywinepocket.com ,Jill Hudkins Robbins rippedjeansandbifocals.com ,Kristine Laco mumrevised.com ,Andrea Mulder-Slater noreallyandrea.com