If you give a mama a big pile of dirty dishes,
She'll put them in the dishwasher.
After she puts the dishes in the dishwasher,
She'll turn it on.
Listening to the water run will remind her
That she needs to wipe the lunch off her 2-year-old's face.
So she'll get a warm, wet washcloth, and turn to chase her toddler.
When he sees her coming, he'll run the other way.
As she goes after him, she'll trip and crash into her 4-year-old.
She'll thank him for breaking her fall, and check to see if he's hurt.
After ensuring that no either of them are injured, she'll continue hunting for her toddler.
She'll look and look.
Finally she'll find him sleeping under her 7-year-old's bed.
She'll pick him up and settle him to his own bedroom.
As she exits the room, she'll see a baby sock on the floor.
She'll tiptoe into the sleeping 3-month-old's room to put it away.
While in the baby's room, she'll remember that she needs to prepare more baby wipes,
So she'll scoop up the dry ones and head to her bathroom to get them ready.
When she gets to her bathroom, she'll see a small toy fire engine on the floor,
So she'll take it to the play room.
As she comes out of the playroom, she'll see an empty, abandoned snack bowl on the floor.
She'll decide to take it downstairs to the dishwasher.
Upon arriving in the kitchen, she'll see the dishwasher soap on the counter.
She'll remember that she didn't put any detergent in with the dirty dishes.
So she'll put the detergent in the dishwasher, and turn it on again.
And chances are, if she turns on the dishwasher...
In just a few hours later, she'll have yet another pile of dirty dishes.
*This post was inspired by the delightful children's authored by Laura Numeroff. It is, of course, a work of pure fiction. My 2-year-old would never fall asleep underneath his brother's bed. He'd be too busy playing with the dust bunnies.