There was a brief period from about 1994-1996, when I was pretty sure I was being raised by idiots. Turns out I was wrong. Here are just a few of the five kabillion things my mom was right about…
1. You’ve got to clean for the cleaner.
Last week, I made an uncomfortable confession over at Lark & Bloom: I have a cleaner.
When I was a kid, my parents had a cleaner who came a few times a month, and I could never understand why, the night before she was due to come, my mom would make us clean the house.
“But Mooooom,” we’d whine. “What’s the point of having a cleaner if you’re going to make us clean anyway?”
Now I get it.
I do my dishes and pick up all the toys off my floor because those things are easy, and if I’m going to pay someone to come and clean my house, I want them to spend their time bleaching my grout and scrubbing my toilet with a toothbrush (thanks, Sharon ), not do stuff I can do myself…or bribe my two-year-old to do.
2. Nothing good happens after midnight.
98% of the stupid things I’ve done have been in the wee hours of the morning. I’ll leave it at that.
3. When you know, you know.
About a week before I met Simon, I called my mom from England to talk about a boy back home who’d told me he loved me.
“I love him,” I said. “I’m just not sure I’m in love with him.”
“Baby,” she answered, “if you’re having to work this hard, it’s not right. When you know, you know.”
During those painful early teenaged years when I thought my mom was crazy, she told me I’d understand one day. She was right. So go on, add that to the list too.