Let’s say you get your carpets cleaned and stain-treated, and you carefully explain to your kids that they can only walk on the carpet in their bare feet until the carpet dries completely. They must not walk on the carpet while wearing socks. Let’s say that you assume that this will be sufficient instruction. Let’s also say that you have horrible children. Within the next two hours of your giving these very specific instructions, they will:
-Sit on the carpet
-Kneel on the carpet
-Lie down on the carpet
-Leave large fluffy stuffed animals on the carpet
-Put on bunny slippers and walk around on the carpet
-Leave clothes and socks lying on the carpet
-While playing “airplane,” pull the cushions off the fabric couch and leave them on the carpet
-Leave books face-down on the carpet
-Cry when you yell at them about the above infractions
-Seem totally unconcerned when you yell at them about the above infractions
In happier news, although they are still sick, Hazel and Henry are sufficiently improved that it appears they’ll definitely survive this round of croup. Which is more than I can say for the other kids with this round of carpet cleaning.
Here are some photos I snapped a few Sundays ago (which I’m posting to remind myself of happier times, and of possible reasons to keep my children).