07 July 2009

Clean up good

Everybody tells moms to put on their makeup and do their hair and wear something other than sweatpants so that you feel good about yourself or keep your husband interested or whatever. I don't have anything to say about that. But I will say that I'm much more inclined to be nice to the kids when they look decent. When the boys' haircuts are up to date, when the girls are in well-managed ponytails, when faces are clean and no one looks like a scarecrow or has three inch fingernails, they're easier to be nice to. No one wants a houseful of grub-smeared Dickensian street urchins and waifs. This doesn't always work out, but to whatever extent I am able to get these things done, it is prudent for me to do so.

4 comments:

JenniferH said...

Guess I better quit reading your blog and go comb my hair then.

Gauntlets said...

Yes. I have a hard time loving grubby babies. This, as can be objectively observed, means I am deficient and evil.

This also means I work overtime getting my babies ready for church. I don't think I'm all that unique in my evil.

Reb. Mary said...

I recently confessed to my husband that, back when BoyOne was but a wee angry baby, I'd dress him most fetchingly on the darkest days, so that we'd like him better. It kinda helped--even a scowling baby can have a certain charm, in the right hat.

Dakotapam said...

grubby kids are harder to love, sinful, but true. I guess I should brush my hair and teeth then eh?