What do you get when you have a growing children, a family with a dramatic disposition, and much time spent together since we are a big (homeschooling) family in a not so small… but not so big house.
I guess every family’s got it.
Also, what do you get when that big family (with preteen boys) eats almost every meal at home?
Lots of dishes- and a broken dishwasher after the first few hundred cycles.
So, while waiting for the dishwasher to get fixed, we came up with a system: My children would take turns in pairs washing dishes.
Although a seemingly small task in the light of jobs one will most likely complete in his or her lifetime, you would think the request for this one to be completed as minimal.
An already highly charged situation with a broken dishwasher and getting the job done seemed a less than optimal combination.
So, two of my sweet, but irritated with one another children had been asked to do the job. Add that to the mix. And what ensued …
Was a miracle.
A few minutes into what seemed to be headed for disaster, I heard … What was that?
Talking, the nice kind, laughing, the happy kind. Later on, during their turn, I would even hear singing, the beautiful kind.
Some unlikely positive combinations turn out to be advantageous after all.
Dirty Dishes+ Children Who Aren’t Talking to One Another + Throwing Them in the Kitchen to Get The Job Done = Love. Score.
Who woulda thought.
Maybe we’ll hold off on getting that dishwasher fixed after all.
To you, dirty dishes, and keeping relationships strong. Sometimes solutions come in kitchen sized packages.