It’s Not All Mary Poppins

It’s All in the Eye of the Beholder

Harry trots into the kitchen where I am changing the head on the sponge mop.

“Why are you puttin’ a new top on that?”

“I bet you can figure that out. Why would I be putting a new sponge on my mop?”

“Because the old one is old?”

“Yes, and it’s dirty. It’s not getting my floors clean any more.”

“Only making them dirty.”

“Exactly! Now watch, and I’ll show you how we clamp it in.” As I knew he would be, Harry is intrigued by the mechanism. He watches me slide the sponge into place and latch and release the catch. Then he tries it a few times himself, keeping up a running commentary on his actions the while.

Darcy and George, who have been reading in the next room (n.b., everyone: these three year olds have been out of sight!), are attracted by the conversation.

“What’s goin’ on, guys?” Darcy wants to know.

“I’m just changing the mop head. Nothing exciting,” I say, adult that I am. Harry stares at me for a moment in disbelief.

“It’s exciting for ME!” Harry declaims. He’s right, of course. I stand corrected.

September 20, 2005 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. oh to be a child again,when changing a mop head really was exciting!

    That is why,no matter how hard we try, we can never quite understand children. We’ve forgotten what it’s like for everything to be new.

    Comment by Mrs.Aginoth | September 20, 2005 | Reply

  2. Out of sight!!!??? MARY!


    Comment by misfit | September 20, 2005 | Reply

  3. i remember when my kids were little-they loved learning everything. even how to change a mop head. now that they are teens i bring out the mop and they’re gone.

    this seems to be a pattern in our house some days.

    Comment by kimmyk | September 20, 2005 | Reply

  4. Mrs A: Harry comes by this honestly. His dad is also fascinated by all things mechanical and gadget-worthy. I think to dad, a fancy mop-head would indeed be fascinating!

    Misfit: I know. Shocking, isn’t it? And right now, they’re awake, and I’m BLOGGING!! Never mind that they’re all eating lunch on either side of me, and I’m helping with servings between comments…

    kimmyk: You’ve taught them well. Mop heads hold no more fascination. I recall being just as repulsed by housework during my teens. Hell, I am now, only my mess tolerance has dropped tremendously with my maturing. Do I miss this, or not?

    Comment by Mary P. | September 21, 2005 | Reply

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