If you give a preschooler some crab rangoon, he'll wake up crying at 3 am. You'll rush into his bedroom and realize that he's thrown up quite a lot of it. You'll start to comfort him and ease him out of bed. As you do, he'll notice that there's a mess on the corner of his Superman blanket and start to cry again. You'll take the blanket (and two others, the fitted sheet, the mattress pad, his pillow and jammies) to the washing machine. On your way, some mess will drip onto the carpet. When you reach the washer, you'll remember that there's still a load of clean, wet clothes inside. You'll try to switch that load to the dryer but suddenly remember that the dryer is full of towels. While you are trying to figure out where to place the smelly laundry so you can shift loads, your preschooler will shout that he's getting cold. You'll go back upstairs, dress him in clean, warm jammies and pretreat the carpet stains. While you are scrubbing the carpet with an old towel, you will remember the linens downstairs. When you pass by the kitchen on your way to the washer, you'll think your preschooler should have some water. In the dark, you'll pour water into a cup (and on the floor) then forget what else you need to do. Back upstairs, you'll tuck in your little one and whisper goodnight. Then you'll bend over his tiny bed and the smell from the carpet will remind you that there's much more work to do. As you hurriedly leave the room, you'll hear him say, "Thank you, Mommy" and it will all be worth it.
*Attention Laura Numeroff fans: no mice, pigs or moose were injured during the making of this post.