A mum has shared the story behind a blue stain on her carpet and the heartbreaking reason it has reminded her to “not sweat the small stuff”.
US mum Heather Duckwood, who blogs on her Facebook page Love Faith & Chaos, was cleaning up after her daughter when a memory of her son “came flooding back”.
“The other night I was scrubbing up some slime that my daughter had let ooze through her fingers and slip onto the floor. My daughter had cleaned up most of it, but I was scrubbing the grout where the slime was stuck and I was starting to get slightly irritated with this mess.”
At that moment, she wrote in her post titled ‘The Blue Stain‘, she was taken back to a time 14 years ago when she was cleaning up after one of her two-year-old triplet sons.
"I was quickly putting toys away, anxious to get my crew in bed so that maybe I could have a few minutes to shower. When all of a sudden, I heard one of the boys say, 'Uh, Oh.'
"I turned just in time to see blue ink spraying all over the carpet as a pen exploded in the hand of one of my triplets. He squealed with delight as blue ink dripped from his hand and splattered his clean pyjamas."
Heather said in that moment she felt frustrated and panicked.
"I gasped as I saw blue splatters across the floor and a thick pool of ink sinking into our carpet – our brand new carpet."