My daughter is an extremely skilled mess maker. Nearly from the moment she stirs out of bed, and right through until she is back in it at the end of the day, that child leaves a trail of disaster. On top of the typical messiness of an eight-year-old, she has raging sensory needs related to her autism. Her sensory cravings often lead to purposeful messes in addition to the everyday stuff. Ice cream, beauty products and anything sticky from the kitchen are favorite tools of this mess master.
Eating an ice cream cone often involves a nose dive approach. When she comes up for air, her nose is ice cream coated (like much of the rest of her face). Sometimes cones are abandoned for juicier game mid-munch. Both are resolved with sturdy damp Brawny® paper towels.
Of course, the sticky ice cream fingers always seem to find their way to freshly cleaned stainless steel. Walls and woodwork are other prime sticky finger targets. Prompt use of cleaner and paper towel gets the mess before it dries.
Ice cream is amateur hour compared to the delights of soaps, expensive lotions, honey, maple syrup, shampoos and conditioners. These are the pinnacle of sensory “messtastropy” making in my little girl’s world. Forgetting to stash my hair conditioner immediately after showering results in a slippery beauty product finger (or toe) painting masterpiece.
Keeping up with this nimble pixie of mess making takes a considerable amount of resilience. Luckily, I have plenty of Brawny® paper towels to help me along throughout the day. I may not be the perfect mom with a spotless house, but getting more sheets on every roll certainly helps.
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