No one really warns about how in becoming a parent whatever is yours essentially becomes theirs. The food we eat - all fair game. So the slice of toast left on the counter top while running to grab a sweater disappears just as quickly as the order of your room will unwind on a slow Sunday morning while you step out to water the plants. The bed made an hour ago scattered consistently with dirty socks and a trail of neon lego squares beneath your feet. The towels washed and hung last night rumpled and soiled by four filthy hands come lunch time. Candles carved with tiny canyons by a baby's curious fingernails. The furniture traced with permanent marker, walls etched in colored pencil. Coffee mugs chipped, window panes cracked. All your pretty dresses tangled up in the slink of shinny polyester super hero capes that keep appearing no matter how many times you went to put them in their rightful place.
The books torn or water logged from regular mid morning spills. Shoes mismatched. With one floating in leftover bathwater and the other one flung into the bushes beneath the front widow where all good things go to die.
A laptop paused to a post a new recipe highjacked to refresh the video on simple drone construction. Two golden rings missing from a ceramic jewelry hand. Three records broken. One bag of chips in the pantry you stocked two days ago now all that remains.
Everyday I watch all corners of my sparse and muted bedroom become a candy colored wasteland of disagreed toys pepped with gum wrappers and action figures welding weapons strewn around the floor, hot wheels hidden in the sheets when I turn in. Tiny crumbs on my pillow where I rest my head. Where I make the rounds picking up and putting away pieces of their boy hood eclipsing corners of my womanhood. Cursing the small crack in my perfume. Begrudging the chocolate they found and devoured before I even had the chance. Fantasizing about long baths without the wild limbed baby taking note and climbing in.
What's ours is theirs. The unwritten rule of motherhood we come to accept because in reality we wouldn't have it any other way. And I suppose we know (behind what frustrations these fleeting days come to ignite) that a quiet clean house awaits us down the line, at the end of it all. When they've grown and gone and there's little left to pick up then except our selfs, and maybe a few of those old folded interests we clung to in the younger days of youth, days before they arrived to clutter up and change the game (and our hearts) for good.