Shoveling Metaphors

You know it’s been a rough afternoon with the kids when you volunteer to shovel the driveway in a snowstorm just to get a break.

This was me during the last big snowstorm we had in Ottawa.

Speaking of shoveling, many parents of young kids like to quote this famous Phyllis Diller line:

 “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.” 

I beg to differ, however. If you shovel while it’s still snowing, you’ve still made headway. You still have less to do later. In fact, we often do shovel mid-storm for that reason.

I tend to see cleaning with a toddler in the house as shoveling before the snowplow comes by and pushes all the #@&$ snow back in your driveway. In this case, your 35″-tall plow circles the block alllll day long.


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Category: Babies and Toddlers, Family

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. kathy downey says:

    I like this one

  2. kathy downey says:

    This is so funny and the quote is just so true……….lol wait till they leave home to clean the house

  3. kathy downey says:

    We will have lots of shoveling tomorrow we are having blizzard conditions all day!

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