Teapots Tremble to Enter My Home

by Mama Chocolate on June 25, 2012

I have had so many “do over moments”…those times when you wish you could just go back in time and change what you did or said.

Times when you just want to reach out and grab the stupid words that just stumbled out of your mouth, stuff them back in, and go back to a few minutes ago, when no one had yet heard the foolishness that goes on in your head…

We all have these moments. (If it’s actually only me, just humor me for a sec and pretend you occasionally do something stupid, too. Thanks.)

My do-over moment is actually more like moments. 

See this sad little tea kettle?

This poor thing was the second of three tea kettles that I have now permanently and irreparably destroyed…in the space of four years.

I put them on the stove, turn it on and then move to the next project. Sometimes I leave the spout open so that the whistle will not wake up sleeping children.

If I’m making some tea at 6am to help me get my day started, the last thing I need is a couple little munchkins waking up a few hours too early to help me get my day started instead.

Unfortunately, I suffer from a condition known as “Mommy Brain” (see also: “Pregnancy Brain,” the preceding condition.)

So, I might start out by resolving to stay in the kitchen to keep an eye on that tea pot, but then suddenly remember that I really need to get a wash started now, or Katie’s dress won’t be clean in time for our portrait session later that morning. So I head off to the utility room to get that started.

While I’m in there, I see the eggs from our chickens that still need cleaning in the utility sink, so I decide to go ahead and get those washed before the girls wake up when I would have a little person crawling up my leg the whole time, begging to help. (Through trial and error, we have discovered that, yes, 18 months is too young to help with the egg-washing chore. Scrambled eggs, anyone?)

By the time I’m done with the eggs, while standing there at the sink, I’ve thought of about 4 other things I’d love to get done before the girls are awake, and I head off to check those things off the list.

An hour or two later, I suddenly realize with a jolt that my teapot is still on the stove, boiled dry, and I run to the kitchen and peel off another scorched, melted victim off my stove’s burner.

My stove’s burners even still bear witness of these tragedies…one burner has leftover yellow stuff still melted into it, and another burner sports a special blue decoration.

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Somehow, someday, I will have a teapot that survives for more than a year in my house. Perhaps I need a little remote-controlled buzzer that I can carry with me that lets me know when the water is boiling. Maybe I should get one of those timers you can hang around your neck.

Or maybe one day my brain function will come back, and I’ll just remember…?


Please tell me there is a cure for Mommy Brain in my future. Please?!


*I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own. 


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Mariah June 26, 2012 at 6:47 am

I do this with pots of eggs I’m boiling all the time! Well, not all the time but I have done it multiple times. It’s not pretty!
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Melissa June 26, 2012 at 7:37 am

Oh no! There is NO cure for Mommy Brain! Still suffering from it 4 years later! LOL!


@MryJhnsn from iNeedaPlaydate June 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

teapots don’t last long in my house either, sadly, I don’t even drink tea :/
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Ashley S June 26, 2012 at 7:50 am

Oh my! Your poor teapot, hehe. I hear ya on the Mommy Brain. I was hoping it would eventually go away, but it sticks around doesn’t it? Maybe in 18 years…. but then what would be my excuse for forgetfulness? ;)
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Angela June 26, 2012 at 7:54 am

I have a sad little tea pot that can relate to yours! LOL! I am surprised the kitchen hasn’t burned down as often as I forget things on the stove.
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DenSchool June 26, 2012 at 7:59 am

Haha:) I hope you’re able to do it! I’m not even a mom and I definitely have “mommy brain” A LOT :P


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