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Tender Mercies Appreciated

November 1, 2012

“Even the smallest tender mercy can bring peace when recognized and appreciated.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

Today begins my goal of choosing something for which to be thankful each day of the month. 

And today I am thankful for my cleaning tools, specifically my Hoover Floormate and steam mop. I never used to be obsessed with cleaning. Until I couldn’t figure out how to get my tile floors clean. Apparently, dirt from the dessert somehow sneaks in and lodges itself in the crevices of tiles. It’s nearly impossible to get out. My steam mop by itself would just sanitize the dirt. It seemed I couldn’t get the floors clean without scrubbing on my hands and knees (a large task in a house which, except for the bedrooms, is entirely tile).

I started looking for some sort of mop which would make a difference. I found a spin mop that looked interesting. Then someone else told me that a deck brush worked well. So I had visions of scrubbing my floors with a deck brush, following with a spin mop and topping it off with the steam mop.

Jonathan suggested I buy a Hoover Floormate. Maybe he thought if the floors were easier to clean, I wouldn’t be so obnoxious about asking him to take off his shoes.

We bought the Floormate. I love it. I use vinegar and water in it, then follow with the steam mop and my tile floors look amazing and no longer feel gritty. After crawling around on the floor for an hour, my child no longer looks like she’s been playing in a pile of dirt.

“Mommy, why does the floor feel so different today?”
“Because, Karis, it is finally clean. Today is a special day. The floor is so clean you could eat off of it. Which means that when I put you on the floor after breakfast, and you get that sudden craving for cheerios–the cheerios you earlier wouldn’t eat and just threw on the floor–I will actually let you eat these cheerios right off the floor. In fact, I might even eat them with you.”

The ability to clean my floor easily and efficiently is a huge blessing–a tender mercy. I’m thankful for this gift.

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