I couldn’t resist responding to Trina’s linen closet confession, What Would Martha Stewart and Dr. Phil Say?, because I also have a confession to make. My confession is… well… the opposite of Trina’s really… Ok… so… <big breath in> - I am… deep down inside… a slob. (Feel free to GASP!) While I thoroughly admire and respect those folks who are tidy and organized I just can’t seem to do what they do <cute lopsided grin & apologetic shrug>.
My husband, on the other hand, is quite clean and it took him years to train me not to pile my dirty laundry on the floor. I recall one instance early in our marriage when he deliberately left a pair of my socks lying in the hallway just to see if I would pick them up. Of course, three days later, I hadn’t touched them. Ha ha! He totally cracked, “YOU have walked by those socks a hundred times and never once THOUGHT to pick them up?!”
Just so you know – our marriage has thrived despite these early hiccups and as the years passed we both made a concentrated effort, for love, to learn how to meet each other half way. I now help keep the main veins of our home clean and my husband manages not to make the bed everyday. Though my domestic skills have improved I still tend to neglect anything behind closed doors i.e.; wardrobes, cupboards, linen closets, etc.
I used to think that my “messy” genes and organizational dyslexia were something to be ashamed of. I sometimes even felt guilty for not measuring up to all those Martha Stewart gurus in the world but eventually I had a change of heart. Funny enough, it is Trina who best describes my present views and she does so at the end of our book, Miss Emily Goes to Bat.
In the story William and Thomas are dismayed by the fact that their cat, Miss Emily, can’t catch anything. In an effort to help they sign her up for some baseball lessons and many fun-tastic adventures ensue. In the end, Miss Emily never does learn how to catch but the characters do learn a valuable lesson instead. Trina writes this;
“Miss Emily was perfect just as she was
and they loved her for her and not what she does.
The same goes for people; for me and for you.
It’s what’s in our hearts not what we can do.
So be kind to others and always be true.
Just be the best you in all that you do!”
I agree 100%! ~ Micheline