One Mom’s Trash Is Her Child’s Treasure

by Christine@TheAums on March 6, 2012 · 15 comments

Earlier today, as I was cleaning the clutter from the kitchen table, I knocked down a basket full of crayons. They rolled all over the floor in every direction, and I muttered something under my breath.

Within seconds, my two-year-old enthusiastically chimed, “I’ll help you mama!”

And there she was in an instant, scooping up crayons and dropping them into the basket. So helpful that one. Not only does she like doing everything for herself, she likes doing for the rest of us, too.

I scanned the floor and noticed many broken crayon pieces scattered about. Perfectionist and grown-up that I am, I decided we should only try to keep the “good” ones. We could save the bits and pieces for melting into new crayon shapes yeah right, or more than likely, we’d save them indefinitely until the day I decide we’d saved them long enough and throw them out. Either way, they weren’t good enough to make it back into my perfect crayon basket.

So I asked my daughter to put the broken crayons in a separate pile, and in her excited, high-pitched voice that I can’t get enough of, she responded, “I know…so we can put them under our pillows! And in our pockets!”

Did your heart just melt? I know mine did.

You know, your mama may be a kid at heart but she’s forgotten some of the secrets you possess, little one. Thanks for sharing them with me.

May you always have a pillow and a pocket for your treasures.

But may you empty that pocket before I do the laundry.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Brandi March 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Oh my. Yes. My heart did melt. Gosh, what would life be without these brilliant little beings? Much less colorful, that’s for sure.


Christine@TheAums March 7, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Much less magical too :)


grandma March 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

this grandma’s heart just melted completely………..aye Palaumita que regalo eres tu y tu hermanita y dos hermanos


Christine@TheAums March 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

es la verdad :)


Janice March 8, 2012 at 10:56 am

Oh I so know what you mean about having “perfect” crayons. We actually just went to the store yesterday so I could buy my girls new crayons. When we got home, my husband was like, “why did you buy new crayons? They still have a lot.” And I was like, “well, those ones are all broken and old and stuff. Besides, the girls need their own. Especially Clare. For school.” He just went, “Uh-hmmn. Sure.” ;)


Christine@TheAums March 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

LOL…”For School!” As a fellow homeschooling mom maybe you can appreciate that all I want lately is my own copy machine and a laminator!


Stasha March 9, 2012 at 9:02 am

Love it. Great reminder. Both about the simplicity of happiness and pocket emptying :)


Christine@TheAums March 9, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Do you know how much I love randomly peeking under her pillow now…It’s just so heart-melting to see what she considers special enough to stash there. Speaking of melting, I did find a half eaten chocolate under there the other day!


Trish March 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Love this. My 3 yo has those same red shoes and insists on wearing them everywhere and in all kinds of weather.


Christine@TheAums March 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Trish! How fun to see you here! I guess sparkly red shoes are always in style ;)


Rachee March 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

My 16 year old niece had a pair of “Dorothy” shoes that she wore until the glitter rubbed off.


Rachee March 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Your baby is so stinkin’ sweet!
I hope she keeps pockets full of treasures forever.


Christine@TheAums March 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Me too! Thanks, Rachee!


Lanae (@Hungrigyrl) March 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Aww, that is the sweetest!


Christine@TheAums March 16, 2012 at 7:30 am

Thanks, Lanae!


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