Four Year Old Trash Talk

     Hello Darlings!  I am BACK.  I have missed you and I sure as shootin' hope you missed me. Since I went back to work in December as Director of Connections for my church I have barely posted.  To get words out there I have become an OVER-POSTER on Facebook and that needs to stop.  I have even posted pictures of my meals and my vacation as I am still on it.  No!  In order to put Facebook out of it's misery, I will be posting weekly again.

     What shall we talk about?

  My Pastor told me I should blog this little tidbit, and I will start here:

     Our Target's sidewalk is DIRTY!  Gross litter everywhere all the time.  Why, I probably wouldn't even go inside Target so often if it wasn't just to avoid the icky candy wrappers and cigarette butts on the sidewalk outside.  *Harrumph*


     Portia and Libby and I were walking down this particular sidewalk from the Pet Supplies Plus to Target for Back to School Shopping when I remarked out loud "Gosh someone should clean this sidewalk trash up."  You. will. not. believe. what. happened. next.

     Libby who is four years old said "Why don't we do it?"  *swoon*  I love her heart.  I guess  I have taught her well and it is true we often fill a bag with litter as we walk....but NO.  Not today it is hot and we are pretty and we have shopping to do.

Libby began to pick up litter.  I  said "No, just leave it."

Then she killed my heart.

Libby...again four years old says, "But I want to honor God by cleaning this up."  

Y'all.  I. Mean.

I went straight to the car to drop my bags and to get an empty bag for trash.  When God speaks out of my children's mouth you bet I listen.  We sweated and stooped and we picked up the half block of sidewalk trash.  I was embarrassed, proud and humbled.  When we went to throw our bag of litter in the trash can it was full.  

While my girls were using the Target Store bathroom I asked for a Store Manager.  I commented on the litter outside and he hastily apologized and went to have someone go out to clean it up.  I explained that no, we had already done that, but couldn't fit our trash bag into their trash can...which might be part of how all the litter gets on the sidewalk.  He was floored, then I explained it was my four year old's fault and what she had said.  

The gentleman handed me a few cash coupons and I later gave them to the girls, telling them to thank him directly for it.  I am not sure who learned the most here, but I am so grateful for my four year old's trash talk.

And lest you think I am bragging...I get almost EVERYTHING else wrong in the parental department.  This was a precious exception.  

What have your kids wowed you with lately?  Have you learned any lessons from the mouths of babes? Please share in the comments!

The Perfect Mom's Back to (Pre)School List

This post was originally posted at Mumbling Mommy!

Back to school?  Oh yeah, as a mom I should be thinking about school.  My sweetest, rottenest child is three and will be attending preschool formally this Fall.  She has gone to a month to month  preschool here and there, but this time we pay tuition and register and visited and will have a bucket tote.  There will be a schedule and everything.  Maybe I should start putting the dates into my Cozi Calendar? Hmm.  

With the Back to School Syndrome heading into full swing and having no understanding or experience with it, I have compiled this handy list for all of you to use.  I will be checking up on you and using red ink.

The Perfectionist Mom's Back to (pre)School List
1) Buy a lot of brand name new clothes for children.
2) Buy a lot of designer new clothes for you. (gotta look awesome at drop off)
3) Buy school supplies in custom colors for each child.  Themes are great.
4) Spend three hundred dollars on labels.  Cute. Labels.  (No, sharpies aren't good enough.)
5) Teach children a third language and ballet and a new sport to impress teacher.

The Regular Mom's Back to (pre)School List
1) Buy new and thrifted clothes to round out wardrobe for children. 
2) Wash and maybe get crazy and iron clothes for you for drop off.
3) Buy some crayons and paper and anything else on the supplies list.
4) Sharpies are good enough.
5) Hope your kid remembers their alphabet and numbers in front of the class.

My Back to (pre)School List 
1) Buy more beer and wine. Lots more; think of all the free time I'll have!
2) Remember to wear clothes for drop off.
3) Collect crayons and scrap paper from recycling bin until I find that elusive supplies list.
4) Who needs labels?  Things come, things go.  I hate the princess sippy cups anyhoo.
5) Pray to God your kid doesn't cuss on the first day.  Or that they will at least use the word in context and quietly.

Good Luck in  your back to school adventures.  Is there anything I am forgetting?  I sure could use some help.