Thursday, December 8, 2011

Math Problem

I do not use the word hate lightly - and my children, in fact, believe that hate is one of the "bad words"....... but, I have a confession to make. I hate. my daughters. room.  It literally looks like a bomb went off in it. A bomb that was full of pink, sparkles, shiny crap, plastic animals, markers, paper, hair accessories, doll limbs, and some stuff I can't even identify. 

Now before you start messaging about the wonders of throwing all her stuff out when she is not there.  Don't bother. It's not going to happen.  Again.

I spent 2 afternoons in the room I hate - I threw out an ark full of crap - three days later - the room I hate looked exactly the same as it did before.  I have 2 hours and 47 minutes a day to myself while she goes to half day kindergarten - my only opportunity to infiltrate her room (the room I hate) - and it won't happen again.

Why you ask?

Because. I then had conversations like this:

Safari: Have you seen my little triangle of paper with a sparkle star sticker on it?

Me: Um. No I haven't.  (This. is a lie. A - BIG -FAT -LIE)

Safari: Please come help me find it (tears).

Me: okay.

For the next half an hour I am in the room I hate. With a child that is hysterical. Searching for a tiny piece of paper that no longer exists.

Me: You know what hon, why don't we just make a new triangle piece of paper with a sparkle star sticker on it? We have more sparkle star stickers!

Safari: Will you help me?

Me: Of course!

Safari: We should make a bunch so I have extras in case I lose one again.

Me: I think that is a great idea. (yet another - BIG- FAT - LIE)

So let's re-cap, shall we? NOW. I have spent 5 hours and 34 minutes in the room I hate secretly removing stuff. Then - I spend ANOTHER 30 minutes in the room I hate searching for an item that no longer exists.  THEN - I spend yet ANOTHER hour and 42 minutes in the room I hate cutting 27 triangles of paper while the hysterical one attaches small sparkly star stickers to them.  So I now have spent 7 hours and 46 minutes - in the room I hate - creating a situation - where I now have 26 more little pieces of paper with sparkly stars on them - than I originally tossed away.

I am no Mathematician - but, I am pretty sure that all that added up to a colossal waste of my time.

Now you will have to excuse me - I need to go buy more sparkly star stickers.

1 comment:

  1. you are no mathematician but a great mom :) as they say, if you do the same thing repeatedly hoping for a different result but never get it, you're insane. the silver lining to this is that you are not insane (yet).