The biggest mistake Crew ever made was to surprise me with this one morning:
Two beautifully made beds complete with fluffed pillows, tucked sheets and folded blankets.
Why is this a mistake you ask?
Because now I know Crew’s potential.
Before this surprise morning, I might have thought “oh, he’s a boy” or “he’s only seven” or “I’m asking too much”. But now I know what he is capable of.
And sloppy blankets and tossed pillows and half made beds just don’t cut it because I know he can make a bed, and he can make it well. I won’t underestimate his abilities again.
It is not that I expect a perfectly made bed every morning. I don’t. I know sometimes he runs out of time, and we all have good days and bad days. But when Crew whines to me on a Saturday morning that he doesn’t know how to make his bed or that it is too hard or when he just throws his blankets and pillows in a pile claiming he made his bed, I bust out my phone and show him this picture. (Who knew Instagram could be such a helpful parenting tool?)
And I tell him here is proof he can do better.
He gets a sheepish grin and I smile back — both of us knowing his true capabilites.
Word to the Wise: be careful who you let see your potential, because they just might expect it the next time.