I am imperfect…again

September 17, 2010

I sit here at the (almost) end of the day, surrounded by biscuit crumbs and odd socks, baby spew catchers, and half eaten toast crusts, school notices I should have read last week (if I had my girls would not have gone to school on casual day in their uniform!) and half empty (or half full) cups of water….

I wonder what people would think if they really knew the inanity that is my life. Not just the carefully taken photos that manage to hide the piles of washing. Not just the carefully constructed blog posts that attempt to make a howling three year old seem lovely. Not just the 146 character tweets and the face book updates that chronicle snippets of my day.

I wonder what people would think if they could see the whole thing. The great big, slightly mouldy, never neatly folded and put away, always chaotic thing that is my life.

Sometimes I hate it all.
I hate that my house is never ever clean and tidy. I hate that anything that even resembles a routine most often flies out the window. I hate that I am not a serene and loving parent all of the time (even most of the time would do!). I am sure everyone would think I was the worst person in the world if they really knew what my life was like….

Then I stop and take a reality check.

Life is not perfect. I am not perfect. No one is perfect.
Enjoy the chaos and insanity, find beauty in the mess, get some perspective… because these imperfect days will not last, and when they are gone you will miss them.

I’m celebrating my perfectly imperfect life next week, just as I did last year. I’m looking for the beauty, the humour and the love in the mundane, every day, imperfect things and celebrating them!

Feel free to join me. Post a photo or write something, each day next week, or just once… there are no rules, just celebrate your imperfection. I’ll post a Mc Linky with my post on Monday, add yourself to it if you join in.

It’s flogging Friday and I’m joining in with Flog Ya Blog over at the lovely Random Ramblings of a Stay at Home Mum today….

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Shae September 17, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Oh this sounds like my life! Will be joining in for sure

Brenda September 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Imperfect is the new perfect! Truth!

jeanie September 17, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Sounds like a plan – although I tend to flaunt my imperfections by completely neglecting my blog!

Kim aka Frogpondsrock September 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Perfect is boring anyway :)

Marita September 17, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Another brilliant post that makes me wonder if you are inside my head. There are days where I think “I hate my life”. Those are usually the days when the dishes and laundry are overflowing and the children have been particularly challenging. My need for perfection wars with the realities of parenting.

Unfortunatly I’ve got my next two weeks blog posts planned out so I can focus on the girls over the holidays, otherwise I’d definitely join in.

Lori @ RRSAHM September 17, 2010 at 9:36 pm

What a brilliant idea Kate. You could have been reading my mind with those first few paragraphs…

EmmaK September 18, 2010 at 1:15 am

hiya I’m over from the blog hop. I think you have a kindred spirit over here: I just discovered a hilarious blog called Faux Fuchsia: Chipped Nail Polish Revolts Me. She is a stylish neat freak and I really want her to come over and tidy up my linen closet!

Zoey @ Good Goog September 18, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Thank god I am not alone. Working 8 hours a day from home with my toddler has sucked the last shreds of my delusions of perfection.

kayK September 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm

good post! as i am sifting through the world of mommy blogging looking for moms like me, i get sometimes frustrated at the view of some of the glossier, Stepford mom blogs, and although i am not ready to reveal my most personal issues on a public blog i feel like telling them to just get real already.
i’m adding you to my reading list :)

kayK September 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm

and i went on http://fauxfuchsiastyle.blogspot.com/ and feel a little bit dizzy right now. is this real?
showcasing her hair dryer ???
what a cracker (worth a visit, definitively lol)

Mummy McTavish September 19, 2010 at 11:29 pm

In my 3 blog reading years there have been maybe a handful of posts I’ve read and wanted to print out and keep somewhere safe… I wanted to print this out and stick it to the fridge as a great big “IT’S OKAY” to myself. The other day I was freaking out about it all and was sure I was the only one with messes that I can’t keep up with and laundry piling up, I had a little catch up with twitter to calm myself down and saw Brenda had tweeted this post so I read it. Thank you.

Becky September 20, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Awesome post – It’s almost as if you’re peeking in my window! I love that you’re going to celebrate it :)

Amanda September 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Wow, this was fab! Finally someone who seems to be experiencing motherhood in the same fashion as me! (although you seem far more industrious being able to blog/twitter etc aswell). Great writing too, will follow you for more just so I can validate my own sense of failure as a mother and housewife!

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