I'm also amazed that they won't just die. I thought if the sugar source disappeared, so would they. Not so. Somehow this growing swarm of fruit flies is a nagging reminder of all that I feel powerless to control in my daily life. it's like the never-ending chain of full laundry baskets that always fill up again immediately, no matter how much laundry I do. Or the sippy cup spills that I clean up and then seem to reappear all over the house. They just never fully go away. I think that's why it's been so important for me to have other mommy friends who remind me that I'm not alone in my vain attempts to control the uncontrollable. They help me remember that I'm also doing something more important than keeping up with chores.
President Thomas S. Monson put it perfectly:
"If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly."
Finding Joy in the Journey, October 2008 General Conference
I'm sure I will miss these days of being surrounded by my sweet little children.
However, when the fruit flies are gone, I will do a happy dance!