The Snowball Effect

Have you ever read the story “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”? It is a cute tale about a mouse who wants a cookie and a child who tends to his every need. To me it sounds a bit like being a mother. Here is a sample of the story…

if you give a mouse a cookie


“If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk.  When you give him the milk, he’ll probably ask you for a straw.  When he’s finished, he’ll ask you for a napkin.”

Sound familiar? To me it totally sounds like a mom taking care of her kids. You do one thing and it just keeps snowballing until the end of the story when all that mouse wants is a cookie again.

I think I might write a book about a mom trying to do housework. It will be called “If You Give a Mom a Vacuum”. It will go something like this…

If you give a mom a vacuum she will try to clean your bedroom floor.

She will notice that your floor is covered in junk and needs to be cleaned before it can be vacuumed.

She will pick up all the toys and start to put them away.

She will then notice that half the stuff in your room you never play with anymore.

Mom will get the great idea that she needs to get rid of your toys by having a yard sale.

If she decides to have a yard sale she will have to go through the entire house getting rid of things that no one has touched for years.

While going through old books and blenders she will find a photo album and need to get distracted for a good half hour looking at pictures of herself in her youth.

When she snaps back to reality she will have noticed that she has made a bigger mess than she originally started out with.

She will become angry and may say a few choice words.

After much mumbling and cursing she will have amassed a large pile of things that she is ready to sell much to her families dismay.

By this time mom is exhausted and will probably need a glass of wine.

When mom sits down with her wine she will suddenly realise she never vacuumed your floor.

The cycle begins again.

The End.

I don’t know about you but I think it will be a best seller!

Any other moms feel that this is what happens to them, or is it just me? You try to complete one simple chore and the next thing you know you have done a zillion other things except the one thing you set out to accomplish?

Maybe that’s why moms are so tired all the time.



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