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Happy Mess

When my kids were little they used to worry if they spilled something.  So, I used to “accidentally” spill something on myself, in front of them, and say “Look Mama is a mess!”

“But Mama is a happy mess because I am happy to have you!”

This was my way of seperating their idea of happiness from making a mistake. I wanted them to know that they could be happy in general,  even if things went wrong in the moment.

They thought this was very funny. Anytime I spilled something,  either by accident or on purpose,  they would laugh happily and say, “Look! Mama is a happy mess!  She is happy because she has me!”

I remember once being at the grocery store, in the check out aisle, and I dropped something.

My daughter quickly looked up at the cashier and said, ” That’s my Mama! She is a Happy Mess!”

The cashier looked a bit puzzled and my daughter was smiling.

Then my daughter said to the cashier, “I drop and spill things too. And then I am a Happy Mess, just like Mama.”

15 thoughts on “Happy Mess”

      1. I’m not sure if I thanked you yet for the award you nominated me for the other but thank you! I greatly appreciate it! I will respond to the award nominations when I have time 😉

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  1. Aww that’s adorable! I am a mess. I’m not sure I’m always a happy mess, but I love the idea that happiness doesn’t have to equate to whatever the opposite of messy is (word fail).


  2. I ❤ this so much, Annie. What a beautiful way to help your kids understand about mistakes, anxiety, and unconditional love. Beautiful! xx -CC


    1. Thank you CC. You and I have both done our best to love our kids, in spite of not having a loving mother ourselves. We were left to fend for ourselves about how to be a mother.
      I think you did a good job too, of letting your son know that you love him.
      I am glad you liked the story, I had not thought of it, in a while.
      Annie ❤

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    1. I am glad you liked this. Something reminded me of it, so I thought I would post it. It was funny when she said that to the cashier. The lady had no idea what in world my daughter was talking about. But I often had similar experiences of my kids saying things to cashiers.

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  3. Reading this added joy to my day and brought a nice warm smile to my face! Thank you! 🙂


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