Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Clean Sweep

Girl and I started cleaning her room yesterday. I say started because it was really, really, really in need of a cleaning, and we haven't actually finished yet.

Girl was happy for the help, but she hadn't expected spring cleaning.

"You're serious about this, aren't you?"

She had piles of papers.

Old assignments
Pictures drawn for her by wee, tiny children
Pictures she drew herself
Old BSF homework (she hasn't been in BSF for years!)

While trolling through the piles of stuff I found MONEY. Seriously. Every time I clean her room, I find money. Of course, I don't get to keep it...

We took down her Christmas tree. Shocking, I know. A tinsel Christmas tree in March. Mercy.

While she sorted through all those papers I rearranged her books, wiped down the surfaces, vacuumed up the spiders. Yes, spiders.


(sorry, inside joke for Girl and I)

Girl found a note I'd written to her when she was ill with Scarlett Fever and Beloved was in ICU. I wasn't able to be here to take care of her, because I was taking care of her Daddy. I felt horrible about it. Soldier Mommy was here and took care of my baby while I was away.

The note made me a little teary. Those were rough times.

She also found a card from her grandparents (aka my parents) and a card from her adopted Grandma. The two couldn't have more different.

My mother wrote a single line of text.

Grandma Sheila wrote paragraphs.

I don't know why, but that pretty much sums up my daughters relationship with her biological grandparents.

I'm so glad we found replacements.

I like spring cleaning. It's nice to get rid of stuff you no longer need and really clean things up.

I just wish we could keep it that way!


Roo said...

I could use your help right now! I'm packing to move (just one apartment to another...different complex) and am TRYING to clean things out as well. I've done pretty well if I do say so myself. It is a good feeling though. Good luck with the rest of the job!

Sandcastle Momma said...

Can you come do my room? My whole house needs a good scrubbing but now that it's finally warmed up I can't make myself stay inside. Hopefully we'll get a rainy day soon so I can get something done!