Mom's 'Letter' To Hubby Of Why Kitchen's A Mess Goes Viral
Kristin Danley 3/9/2018
Motherhood is a blessing full of milestones, boo-boos, sticky kisses and tons of messes. Naptime offers moms a mini break in a busy day, but sometimes moms are just too tired to tackle the pile of laundry or the mountain of dishes.
There's a joke among moms that a messy house means she's just not doing a good job as the domestic queen of her home. But the truth is, kids come first and sometimes if a wee one is sick, the laundry and dishes will just have to wait.
Writer and mom of three Jordan Harrell was having one of those days. She jestingly wrote a Facebook post addressed to her hubby explaining just why their kitchen looked like it hadn't been cleaned for days. Surely his eyes widened like saucers when he read what had really gone on!
You've probably been there yourself -- you start in on one task only to be interrupted or redirected and by the time you return to the original task, more messes have been made. It's as if the mini tornadoes living in your home just don't settle down.
Jordan knew her hubby would understand the way her day went. But, that doesn't mean she didn't want to tell him all about it. Not everyone is able to be this honest.
Her note began:
I know I said I was going to clean the kitchen today. So you might be surprised when you get home and see the kitchen is in fact, not clean.
I'd love to offer an explanation."
Okay, so what exactly did happen Jordan? Here's what she had to say:
"First, I walked in to the kitchen with the sole intention of cleaning it. I picked up the hair brush and rubber bands off the kitchen table and walked to the bathroom to put them in the drawer.
While in the bathroom I noticed a pile of towels on the floor that had been laying there, fermenting for several days, so I grabbed the towels and headed to the laundry room."
Upon entering the laundry room with the stinky towels, she decided to start a load of laundry since both of her laundry hampers were spilling over and had a combination odor of "B.O." and "cat pee." With that task done, she headed back to the kitchen where she originally started out.
Oh, but the chaos had just begun. Jordan continued:
"But on my way to the kitchen I was sighted by Child B. A hangry Child B. The child and her whines followed me into the kitchen, where I promptly handed her a cheese stick and told her to go eat it in the garage (because the kitchen is being cleaned right now, obviously)."
However, that interaction with "Child B" reminded Jordan that she hadn't emailed the child's teacher about the classroom Valentine's Day party and headed to the computer in the bedroom to send her a message. But as soon as she sat down at the computer, "Child C" sprinted into the room hysterical because his cape fell off.
Jordan fixed it, but it wasn't fixed the "right way," so a meltdown ensued. The email was abandoned and she carried Child C kicking and screaming to his room where he could calm down.
She explained what happened next:
"I walked out and shut the door, but immediately walked back in order to remove the cowboy boots so that when he inevitably started kicking the door, it wouldn't be scuffed.
Then, I headed back to the computer to ... what was I going to do? Fifteen minutes of Facebook later, I shut the computer.
Because, of course, I was in the middle of cleaning the kitchen."
But as life would have it - when Jordan walked in the kitchen to get serious about the task at hand, she looked at the clock and realized it was time to pick "Child A" up from school...
The busy mom went on to tell her husband:
"So, no. It's not clean. Nothing is ever clean. My life is just a constant state of doing and never completing.
I just thought I'd let you know the situation, so you won't ask about the state of the kitchen.
Not that you ever would. :)
Love you forever,
Fortunately, Jordan's husband is indeed understanding and wouldn't point out the messy kitchen anyway, she noted. However, we're guessing that sometimes it's just nice to spill everything out and make sure that they REALLY get it.
Jordan's hilarious and non-sugar coated letter has been shared on Facebook more than 26,000 times, and is being appreciated by moms everywhere.