Something incredible just happened. Today is a no
school day and we don't have anything planned besides going to the
dry cleaner, getting haircuts and maybe a grocery store
The kids were initially playing quietly and
creatively with Barbie and Mike from Monster's
Of course, eventually they both wanted the same toy
and could not come to an agreement. Frustrated, I looked around the
room and saw piles of toys that hadn't been touched in months,
possibly even years.
Instead of holding back my screaming, I stood up
and got a garbage bag and began going through those untouched Toy
Story characters, Bat mobiles and dollar store crap. We made it a
game and picked up each item and said "Keep" or "Save."
The "Keep" items went into a mostly empty chest and
we quickly filled up a garbage bag with lone Lego pieces, plastic
figures and old art projects.
I felt lighter the more we got off the floor and
into it's designated space and the kids were having fun sorting old
Suddenly, I noticed they were silently focused on
new toys they discovered during this quick cleaning session and I
quietly tip-toed out of the room holding a bag of
It is the small victories that sometimes feel the
Beth Prystowsky is a grateful mother, wife, yoga teacher, and writer of Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom.
See more of Beth's stories here.
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