Burgeoning Pollack

Some days as a parent are so frustrating I could cry. I don’t cry. I usually just sigh, shake my head, and then have to laugh at the colossal mess. Like this one.

I walk into the kitchen, where the kids are at the kitchen table having a snack of yogurt. Blue yogurt. I walk to the sink to put some dishes in the washer. I look out the window and blink, thinking i am seeing spots. I take a step back and realize that I am seeing spots – blue spots – everywhere i look.

The window panes. The cabinets to the right of the sink. The cabinets to the left of the sink. I stare at it until it dawns on me.

Yogurt. Blue yogurt.

I look over at the table. What I want to know is, how in the HELL do you get yogurt splattered all over the cabinets that thoroughly? It looked like a Jackson Pollack!

Need another example? My nephew did this in about ten seconds flat:


And this is the kind of crap that parents clean up all day long, every day. While I clean this mess, the kids are shooed out and they head to another room to make a similar mess there. All. Day. Long.


  4 comments for “Burgeoning Pollack

  1. November 8, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Glad it’s not just me. I wish I could have a day, just one freakin’ day, where no one spills their milk. And the part about you shooing them out to clean up so they can mess up another room…yeah, that is my house.

  2. leelee
    November 9, 2009 at 9:00 am

    The milk thing is driving me crazy! Dash likes to shake his sippy cup and then throw it. Also swish the milk around in his mouth like mouthwash and then spew it across the room. Last nite he threw past with red sauce AT the dog. So then i had to clean the dog up. Ugh!

  3. November 9, 2009 at 9:50 am

    yeah, not one of my favorite parts of motherhood – The Sour Milk Smell phase.

  4. November 9, 2009 at 9:51 am

    It’s all of our houses. So annoying. I do find it interesting how often i end up using time-honored phrases like, “No use crying over spilt milk.” The punchline is what isn’t said: “Because you’re going to be cleaning it up every day for the next ten years!”

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