Get widget

Friday, July 1, 2016

Children break things

In 2008, my husband and I bought a vase.

We had just moved into our first legitimate home together. Everything was brand new to us. The place seemed huge. It was just the two of us. We were waiting for our kids to arrive.

Actually, I bought a vase.

I'm not great at home decor, and by that I mean I suck at it. I do not have refined tastes, and I don't know the difference between an original indy artist's painting and a print bought at a thrift store. But I was trying.

So, I bought this huge shiny brownish vase. From Marshall's. For $20.

And I loved it.

Soon after its arrival on our fireplace, my husband looked at it and said, 'why is there an empty vase here?'

And I was like, um, 'IT'S DECORATION, DUH."

"No, no. You can't have a vase without something in it."

"Um, yes you can. I'm pretty sure Pottery Barn does this shit all the time." (I'm paraphrasing, here. Eight years ago, I wouldn't have said this. I would have meekly smiled and nodded. But I'd say it TODAY, and so let's just pretend that's what I said. Because I definitely thought it.)

But an empty vase would not suffice. A few days later, my husband came home with some forest-green fake leaves. I don't even know where they were from, but they smelled like the inside of JoAnn's or Michaels or The Christmas Tree Shop.

Whatever, we are high class, okay?

We stuck the leaves in the vase, and voila. Before we'd even hung our (by which I mean my husband's) paintings on the wall, we had an accent piece to die for.

It went supremely well with my pregnant belly and my impeccably clean, before-kids carpeting.



That vase stuck with us throughout the years. It saw the layoff, the move to Florida, a condo and then our rented house (because lol if we're going to buy again after the housing collapse that we felt the brunt of).

It saw my kids as infants, toddlers, little kids, and finally, the big kids they are today. It's been a steady friend and companion. One of the first things my husband and I ever bought together (the couches you see in the picture being the first. ... Do you see that white couch? WHAT FOOLS WE WERE.)

Three moves, three jobs, and a family later, that vase stood tall, guarding the fireplaces of our abodes.

Until the other day.



I don't know how many times I've said/shouted/screamed 'no running in the house', but I'm pretty sure the dog doesn't want to eat glass. Anyway, I may as well have said it 0 times because apparently running in the house is still and will forever be a thing here.

And when you catch them in the act, they do that awkward quick conversion to super-fast walking. loooool, okay, kids, you fooled me.

The girls, to their credit, were distraught about breaking this vase. I didn't even yell at them. It turns out, they feel way worse about doing something by accident than when they are purposefully being turds. They feel the way I want them to feel when I've chastised them for being rude or mean. Only they just accidentally broke something. Life isn't fair, y'all.

I shooed them outside and set to work cleaning this mammoth mess. (I got the dog new food and washed his bowl. Don't worry. He won't be killed TODAY.)

I brought the shards out to the garbage, and when I came back in, my girls had given me the gift of a new vase for my husband's hilariously colored leaves.



Perfect.

This happened two days ago, and their "vase" is still there in front of the door with the leaves in it.

Not because I'm sentimental and touched (although I am), but more because I'm the kind of mom who looks at things on the floor and wonders...how long can this stay here before something bad happens?

I'll let you know.

For now, enjoy our decor as you sip some coffee from a stained mug and marvel at our bean-bag filled, princess placemat having, high-living, jet-setting lifestyle.


16 comments:

  1. Very interesting sharing! Most mothers have the same situation as you.if you are interested in dental equipment such as lampe à polymériser andUnité dentaire mobile, you can visit our site - http://www.dentaltools.fr.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am Susan Larry from Finland. Thanks to this great man of spirit called Dr Oviasu which I don't know how to thank him for the good work he has done for me and my family which i want to share my testimony with you all, for six years now my husband left me with two kids with know reason which I don't know what to do, so one day i was in my friends place when I exposed my pain to her about my depression which I have be looking for who to help me out of it then my friend called me closer to her self telling me on how she got this great man of spirit who helped her found her way to get her husband back then I ask of his contact she quickly go and get her computer and gave me his Email address oviasuspirituallovespellcaster@gmail.com and his number so, that is how I contacted him for a help. And now am so happy with my family and with a happy home if you are in such pain kindly Via Email again oviasuspirituallovespellcaster@gmail.com or call +2349031238664 have faith in him and he will help you.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Additionally, I've shared your web web-site in my social networks! free itunes card codes

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm impressed the vase lasted so long! Yes, children do break things... lots of things. And my throat gets sore continually telling them to stop running in the house. They'll never stop. LOL

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for sharing this awesome article. Can anyone tell me the exact launch date of Galaxy Note 7

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks for sharing. I hope it will be helpful for too many people that are searching for this topic.

    monkey go happy| yahtzee with buddies| | mahjong | | defendyournuts 2| superfighters 2 |

    ReplyDelete
  7. LG is about to launch its new flagship device, the LG G6 shortly.
    It has got awesome features and specs and is going to give tough competition to the Samsung galaxy series of smart phones.
    You will get all the information about the LG G6 from my blog. Just check it out.

    ReplyDelete
  8. These photo shoot and these content both are excellent .
    Clipping Path

    ReplyDelete
  9. I found lots of interesting information here.Great work
    Thanks for the share loved reading the article, please do share more like this wiht us .
    juegos gratis | juegos de futbol

    ReplyDelete
  10. you can view our page to find a lot of interesting tips, discussions on related to tracking apps topics.
    Teachers, users, developers, parents, anyone can contribute to that site so share your experience.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thank you for your miracle Doctor Osemu Okpamen

    This article is dedicated to the Doctor Osemu Okpamen. I have been married with my wife for 5 years and recently she broke up with me and it hurt me deeply when she told me to leave her alone and that she does not love me anymore when i was always faithful and honest to her. I tried all the ways to get her back buying her what she wants like i always did and she still left me heart broken and she even has a new boyfriend which destroyed me even more until a friend of mine from high school directed me to this genuine spell Doctor called Osemu Okpamen. This man changed my life completely. I followed everything he told me to do and my wife came back begging for me back. I was stunned everything happened exactly like he told me. I had faith in everything he told me and everything was true. Also he was there every moment until i got my happiness back and he also provides spells that cures any diseases & sickness. You could contact him via email at { Doctorokpamenspelltemple@yahoo.com } or visit his website http://www.doctorokpamenspells.com or reach him on +1 (914)-517-3229. He will help you in anything you need and quick to answer once you contact him.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Nice selection of resources form around the web, would be nice if you could update this list again.

    - cool math games

    ReplyDelete
  13. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. In fact your creative writing abilities has inspired me to start my own BlogEngine blog now. obat penurun asam lambung

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...