In theory, the glittery pumpkin craft seemed like a really good idea.
In reality, no craft involving glitter and glue and children is ever a good idea. It's been a really long time since we've done a glitter craft, and I'd forgotten just how bad it can get.
At least I had the foresight to do our glittering outside. I made some effort to keep the mess out of my home. But for reasons I do not understand, the glitter that sticks so readily to my children's clothes, hair and fingers when they're outside falls off of them and is shed like a second skin once they come inside.
So for the next few months, I'll continue to sweep, mop, dust, wipe and wash glitter from my floors, walls, rugs and children. And I'll remember why we stopped doing glitter crafts.
Then one of my children will look up at me with those big saucer eyes and ask me if we can make something sparkly. And I'll think to myself, "It's just a little glitter. It won't be that bad." And I'll be wrong. Very, very wrong.
But at least I'll have something sparkly to show for it. Nothing says Autumn quite like a glittery orange driveway.