Today was a bit chaotic, with much accomplished, but often left half-done for a while, so the detritus of entertainment, cooking, and laundry was littered through the house. Also, we have a shower that doesn't leak and a baby who can fall asleep in places other than her crib!
Late in the day after prepping a dinner for Tadpole and another for R and I, I set a few dishes to soak and headed upstairs to check on R and the baby. We chatted for a bit and then headed downstairs to discover that not only had I left the water running, but the seal I applied on the kitchen sink the last time we discovered it leaked when it overflowed was not as watertight as hoped.
With a bit of prompting, I got some towels. A bucket under the sink caught most of the water, and was mostly filled with things that can take getting wet. It was, in the grand scheme of things, just one more of the ways in which life was chaotic today, but all worked out for the best.
Tadpole (of course) wanted to help, which was the last thing I felt up to dealing with as I pulled various cleaning supplies out & set them to dry.
Daddy, are you sad?
No, I'm not sad. I'm just very ... frazzled right now.
Mommy, daddy is very frazzled. Frazzled is like sad. I'm going to bring my friends to watch from back here.
(aside - I *love* watching her try to figure out how words and concepts fit with words and concepts she already knows. Even in the midst of cleaning up overflowing sink, this was fascinating and delightful!)
Later that night, as we were getting ready for bed:
Daddy, I'll always take care of you when you're frazzled.
Thank you Tadpole. (big hug).
Yes, I'll help when there are spills, and I'll always be here to take care of you.
Hopefully she'll feel the same way when I'm in my dotage. But for now, there are days when Tadpole's driving me to distraction, and others where she's the one saving me from it. Today was the latter, and I needed that.