To most people, the Orange Bowl is a stadium located in the city of Miami, but in our house it is the only proper container for Zachary's breakfast. Lunch and diner must be served on orange plates as well and, of course, all beverages must be served to him in an orange cup.
Our first three children weren't so particular and number five is looking like he will go the way of his oldest three brothers. No, the other children are far from being particular. It sometimes drives me batty just how un-particular they are--particularly in the way they are so unflinching about dirt and messes and sloppiness of all kinds. We were at our wits ends for a time there, trying to teach these boys basic hygiene and common decency when it comes to leaving things lying about...
...and then along comes Zachary. What a breath of fresh air to see a child concerned about cleanliness! Suddenly, I didn't feel so alone in the war on dirt. He likes to have things orderly and well kept. He likes clean hands, dry pants, and combed hair--a child after my own heart.
What I didn't expect was that there would be a downside to this fastidiousness. He is so particular about cleanliness that he will sometimes change his clothes five times in a day. To his credit, he does put his "dirty" clothes in the hamper, but this child is a major contributor to the laundry monster. Also, he can sometimes be distressed about messes when it isn't so convenient for me, like when we are out and about and I don't have a change of clothes for him.
Realizing that a natural temperament that inclines one toward tidiness has its own set of challenges has really helped me to see the blessings of the other four's more relaxed approach to life. The others may be called back to put their wet socks in the hamper, but they won't be insisting on meals served on any particular color any time soon and neither do they mind staying late to see the fireworks even if they are grass stained and covered in ketchup and chocolate.