I once heard a friend tell her husband, who was frustrated by a stain on the couch "We are raising children, not furniture." I thought that was a beautiful word of wisdom. In fact, I frequently recite that phrase to myself as I look at the stains on my dining room chairs, and the stains on my carpets. Of course, I'm also raising a husband, three cats and two dogs, so there you go.
Translation: My carpets are a disaster.
Sunday the girls colored Easter eggs. Before we began, my youngest was popcorning all over the house, doing handstands and cartwheels and flips. "You better get some control of yourself if you want to color eggs." I'm pleased to report that she settled right down and did not have one single mishap.
Have you ever noticed that some colors always turn out beautifully- like yellow- but every single year the purple is a disappointment? This year the pink was especially bad. I think that next year I will just try making dyes with food colors.
Bookworm decided she wanted to do half of one egg green, then the other half pink. She carefully held the egg in each color. She did the pink last. We all shook our heads at the disappointing flecked appearance of the pink half of the egg. She slowly and methodically reached across the table to the rack I had set out to dry the eggs on. As she delicately released the egg to the rack, she let loose with a giant grin of relief and sagged back into her chair...
Catching the cup of pink egg dye with her elbow in the process.
As it turns out, the pink dye stains the carpet in a lovely dark pink color.
And for the record, I did NOT pay her to dump dye on the carpet that I loathe.
But I might have if I'd thought of it.