For Christmas, Logan got a "Gross Science" kit. It is filled with all the things little boys wonder about and love to play with. We have petri dishes in the closet growing bacteria from our breath, our spit, sweat from our toes and mucus from our nose. Amazingly, more bacteria is growing in the breath and sweat dishes.
With the weather being cold and uninviting this weekend we decided to break out the kit and have a little fun. One of the experiments was making fake snot out of gelatin. Included was green food coloring that was a color that I want only coming out of my body if I have already passed away. The instructions stated, "If you want runny snot, just add more water." Nice.
Upon seeing the oozing mixture, Logan exclaimed, "That is one kind of snot I would never eat." This was mildly disturbing, as I pondered what other kinds he had sampled.
The boys had fun creating the mess, but then did not want to touch the completed snot. Being the good dad and wanting to teach them the dangers of not washing your hands, I hid it in my palm and shook their hands. An amazing snot fight insued.
It made me think though about the messes we create. We have little problem creating them, but stuggle at times to own them. It is so much easier to leave them for someone else to clean up. We do it with work, the environment, relationships, sometimes even our own family. We can try to hide it, but what started off as a little mess can end up with snot all over the place.
What mess do you need to own today?