Shrodinger’s Theory of the Child Infested Bathroom

So there I was, holding my husband’s hand on the sofa. I had just told my two girls to go and brush their teeth ready for bed. Their little groans of displeasure at it being bedtime were shortly followed by my oldest girl attempting to climb the stairs on her bottom…feet first, using her arms to lever her upwards. A brief, one-sided discussion about the possible consequences of her choices ensued…followed by more groaning.

Then my two girls, happy little wacky things that they are, finally went upstairs to get ready for bed and we could hears me giggling from upstairs. There was some splashing going on and some high-pitched, excitable sounds. My husband and I look at each other, and for that brief moment we were thinking the same thing; that if we wait one more minute pretending there wasn’t the potential for chaos happening over our heads, that we might just be able to relax.

Shrodinger was a scientist with a theory, the theory being that a cat could be placed in a box with a timer-released diffuser with a toxin inside of it. The diffuser would release the poison at an unknown time, so whilst the cat was in the box and nobody knew whether the toxin had been released or not, the cat could be thought of as both alive and dead.

Now this scientific theory is famous and very strange. It also has some serious animal cruelty issues going on but we can roll with it. This theory can be applied elsewhere in life, to all areas of the unknown aspects of life. To waiting for important test results, to wondering about long-lost relatives or to child infested bathrooms. My new husband and I (we married less than a year ago) sat there waiting to go upstairs, wanting one more minute of peace before seeing the damage that my blonde little weirdos had wreaked and in the unknown moment we could think of the bathroom as both tidy and completely tooth-paste bombed at the same time. Parenting, caring, Shrodinger’s cat. Not so different really….apart from the poison and the cat….I hope.

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