The Cost of Cleanliness
I should have reminded myself of this today. But you know how you hope against hope that, just this one little time, doing something against your better judgment will actually work out in your favor? Yeah. Today was one of those times. You see, I needed a shower. And I don't just mean I felt a tad bit unfresh. I mean I neeeeeeded a shower: as in, I-showered-after-mowing-two-days-ago-and-put-on-PJs-afterward-and-haven't-been-out-of-them-since. I could smell my own pits, people. SKANK.
Anyway, I thought I'd squeeze one in while the kids were napping. Because, despite all my parenting failures, I do have one thing going for me: I have Colin and Cameron on the same nap schedule. So I put them down and prepared to hit the shower. Except it was like going to bed - something I couldn't just do. There's so much stuff I need to cram in while I have some alone time. So I put on a load of laundry, fed the baby, waxed my eyebrows (before those fuzzy caterpillars started trying to mate with my face): you know, things I like to do without "help." The last thing on my list was to scoop the cat box. But while I was doing that, I heard the pitter-patter of little feet upstairs, and Cameron calling, "Mommy! Where aaaaare yooooou?" They were both awake ... an hour earlier than usual.
There went my shower, I thought as I trudged up the stairs. But then I looked at the boys, who were just sitting in the chair together watching "Dora the Explorer." I thought about the times before Coby came, when I had managed to bathe for ten minutes while the boys occupied themselves. And if there were a time when I could possibly accomplish that, it was now - while they were engrossed in their TV show.
So I went for it. I took the baby, sleeping in his bouncy seat, into the bathroom with me. I left the door open, because I couldn't very well close myself in. And I got into the shower.
No sooner had I wet my hair than I heard something and peeped around the curtain. There was Cameron, rummaging under the sink, where I keep the extra soap - and the extra toilet paper - and the trash. I hissed at him to get out of there and flicked a little water to make my point. A minute later, I looked out again. This time, the toilet paper was laid across the lap of a peacefully sleeping Coby, and Cameron was nowhere to be seen.
I finished my shower in record time. When I stepped onto the bathmat, I yelled, "Colin?"
Dripping wet, I wrapped the towel haphazardly around me and hurried into the living room, where I saw the following ... Colin still sitting in the chair, positively glued to the TV, and this:
Cameron. With my spaghetti spoon (or whatever the hell you call that thing), and a torn-open box of soap, and a brand-new, full box of baby wipes strewn all over the living room. In a span of - I'm not joking - five minutes. Of course, I grabbed my camera phone because I thought, I've got to blog about this. And then I went to retrieving baby wipes, stuffing them back into the container.
... And realized that in the midst of the melee, I had let my towel drop, and was now standing stark naked before my living room window. In full view of my across-the-street neighbor who was outside in his driveway. I don't know if he saw me, but if he did, he'll probably need therapy.