Cleaning AROUND the mess…..

For Noumenia (the new moon) each month it is traditional to clean house and feast the new month ahead. This is not always easy to do when you are the parent of a small child, however. In some ways it almost seems easier at times to shove all of the mess of the child to one side and “clean” that way, but that ignores the fact that the child is the one member of the family that the Gods have given free reign to — so that they can explore the world and learn about things.

For this Noumenia, I have decided instead to clean AROUND the mess made by the child in question (with the obvious exception of spilled food and drink) and to remember that even we as adults are but as little children to the Gods. We are encouraged daily to grow up and take responsibility by Them just as we try to teach responsibility to our children.

If this means that I just clean the kitchen and the bathroom — leaving the living room as the child did — then it means that I just clean the kitchen and the bathroom. As she gets older, the time for more cleaning will come…..

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