Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mama, Enjoy Your Dirty Shirt

As I was looking in the mirror the other day, I saw my shirt & noticed quite a few new "spots" that weren't there when I put my clothes on that morning. When I put my clothes on for the day, they were perfect. They hadn't been spit up on yet. They hadn't had snot rubbed all over them. And they definitely didn't have other things on them that I had to question.

No, my clothes were clean.


That is until I picked my daughter up & she spit up on them. And then rubbed her snotty little nose on them. And then she spewed baby food on them.

As I was looking at my shirt, I got mad at first because I was annoyed that I had to clean up the mess she had made all over my "nice shirt." I thought, "Ugh, I can't wait until the day I have a clean shirt again."

And then I stopped.

I realized, one day I'm going to miss my messy shirt. Sure, it might be kind of nice to have clothes that don't have stains on them. But those little stains were made by my sweet, smiley 6 month old daughter. One day, she'll be 16 & too cool rub her snotty nose on me (if she still does that, I may have to teach her how to use a tissue properly). But nonetheless, my point is, one day she's going to grow up. I'll no longer have spit up or snot on my shirt. And most likely, I'm going to miss it.

I think as moms, we often wish away our time. We say, "I can't wait until my child can play by themselves." Or "I can't wait until my child is potty trained." & so on & so forth. But what we're doing is ultimately not enjoying the here & now. We're not enjoying those sweet moments with our babies that will be gone in the blink of an eye. We're taking for granted the time that God has given us, & we're wishing it away because we think that the future looks brighter than today.

Yes, we may be in a harder season right now, wiping spit up off our shirts, but that time is slowly slipping away.

So as I started to clean my shirt off the other day, I decided that I'm going to "wear it proudly." No, I'm not going to be a slob (at least I'm not going to be most of the time ;) ), but I'm not going to be ashamed of it. I'm going to be thankful for it. Because there are a lot of women out there who wish they had spit up on their shirts that can't. And there are other women who wish they still had their baby's snot on their shirts, but their kids are too old now.

For now, I'll embrace my dirty shirt. I'll even enjoy it, because today is a gift. Tomorrow, Ruby will be one day older. So I think I'll enjoy today.


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