It’s been one of those weeks: nonstop movement from 6:30 until I fall into bed after 10. Today, after a day visiting a good friend on the Cape, I arrived to a mess of a house, two cats looking at me with hunger in their eyes, and so much to do for this weekend:

cook something for potluck; turn 10 lbs of tomatoes into sauce; vacuum and clean up house before hosting homeschool social; plan what to wear to meet these ladies in the flesh; pick up birthday gift & attend party; get to vet’s to pick up special cat food; make it to post office before it closes at noon. . .and on and on and on. . .

And then, my little guy turned to me with tired eyes and asked for a bath. This was unusual as we had just finished eating pizza, and the kids know that this is usually followed by a Popsicle. After confirming that he did indeed want a bath before dessert, I sighed and took him upstairs, trying not to think about all the things I needed to do, that I had planned to start doing while Fairly Odd Father handled bath and bedtime.

I filled our tub and put D. into it. He asked for bubbles, and I turned on the air jets. He asked for more bubbles, so I added soap.

Watching him play in the water, I was even more aware of my own tired body, my salty and sandy skin. Despite the cries of “should do, need to do, must do” in my head, I found myself taking off my clothes and joining him in our big bubbly tub.

He was delighted.

He poured water over my head again and again. We popped bubbles and let the water wash away all the sand, salt and stress. The water was cool and bubble-less by the time we were done.

I may be older and, supposedly, wiser, but my two-year-old son sometimes has all the answers.


  1. I think that’s just about the sweetest thing I’ve ever read. I can’t wait till my son can express his wisdom to me in words. So sweet.

  2. Wow, good for you! Seriously, you are such a great mom, taking those moments as they come. How I wish I were better at letting go like that…

  3. Sometimes the littlest people really do know best. Good for you for taking him up on it.

    And, we too have 10lbs of tomatoes in the fridge that need to be turned into sauce today, but luckily that’s my husband’s project.

  4. Fairly Odd Mother says


    Believe me, I don’t “let go” nearly enough, which is why yesterday was so memorable to me. Too often, I get consumed by what I “need to” do and stomp all over the sweet little moments just waiting for me to notice.

  5. Blog Antagonist says

    Aw, good for you. I too, tend to let opportunities like that go by far too often. And now that mine are older, I think about just how many, and it pains me.

  6. It is great to take a bath with the kid.

  7. Alex Elliot says

    I wish I could remember to take time like that. I bet that will be one of the memories that you will always have. It was great meeting you!

  8. Yes, but did the naked Barbies have any role in this…?

    Beautiful post, C. Sounds like a moment of stress relief I could use myself.

  9. Mary Alice says

    What a beautiful post. Children can teach us a lot about how to embrace the natural rhythms of life…we lose that ability as we conform to the pressures of adult society. I often turn to my Golden Retriever as a tutor in lessons of pure joy.

  10. Don’t you hate it when the young one’s have all the right answers?

  11. Now that is the best advice I’ve read in a while. Truly – a good soak in the tub cures a lot. You’ve been busy!

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