When your day is long, remember the measuring cups in the window. If you’re very lucky, they’ll be in bright colors, stacked precariously on the tile.
When the dishes are piled and stuck with food, when your Significant Spouse rinses his cereal bowl on the wrong side of the sink, take a breath and smell basil before you scream. There are two sides to life: the Dirty Sink Side and the Pansies In The Window Side. Pick one. Wash your hands in honeysuckle soap and roll up your sleeves. Life is good, even with the messes.
When your boy insists on dumping dirt on his brothers, whatever. Crocs and children are washable. Try not to freak out when the baby puts his sandwich in the dust and then eats it again. Immunities aren’t built in a day but picnics are priceless.
As the day gets longer, find some paint. Hand your kid a paper plate and primary colors, grab some coffee and watch the magic happen. You can make it to bedtime with a drawer full of Tempera.
You can make it through any mess if you pick the right side. Find your measuring cups and follow the path all the way to whales at 3 p.m. When things are dark and flu-like there’s always another side, and it’s glorious.