How To Create The Perfect Family
You will need:
1 large house
3-6 people, depending on how long you want to wait for it to be done
3 cups of pets
2 cups of patience
3 ounces of anger/frustration
3 quarts of laughter
4 teaspoons of trust
And last but definitely not least, lots and lots of love
First, open the house, and make sure that it will be the right size for your family. Mix the desired amount of people with the pets, carefully so you don't damage them. In a separate bowl, stir the love and laughter together. Set aside. Taking each person separately, evenly distribute the patience and trust, making sure that each one gets an equal amount (Failure to distribute evenly may lead to different recipe! See recipe for "My impatient family" for details...). Carefully open the bottle of anger/frustration. Using a Q-tip, dab small portions onto each person. Lastly, take the love and laughter and sprinkle it all over the house, pets, and people. Let it sit until all parts of the recipe are thoroughly combined, and voila! Your Perfect Family is complete.
Source: Family Friend Poems © Katy
I am missing one of the ingredients.
I do not have a big house, but it sure feels like it when it comes to maintaining it. It keeps me so busy that I miss my deadlines, ergo this post at the end of the month.
When I was about 10 years old I wondered if my future grown-up home would be nice and tidy. I was young but I had even younger sisters who were really messy. I remember I would admire a corner of the bedroom where I had just finished rearranging some knick-knacks and I would feel so accomplished and proud that I could gaze at it forever. Then I discovered a comic strip where this real cute mom character had just finished cleaning the linen closet, then walked around the house and everything was so overwhelmingly messy that she headed back to the closet. For the final image she is shown seating down and contemplating, basically appreciating all the neatly arranged towels, and the family is in the background commenting on how she has been doing that for a very long time.
I cannot believe how clearly I remember this particular newspaper print after all these years. What I could not remember was the name of the comic strip, but I am so happy to report that I found their website and Facebook page where they make comparisons of the decade changes, fun times, and their real family. What a find. A treasure of time, family, and art. Just like my own funny family. And just like for any work of art to be appreciated, it is important to take a few steps back and stare at it for as long as possible.