This is how my load of clean, unfolded laundry once merged with my dirty laundry into one big, kind of clean, pile living in the corner.

You can't deny the power of "meh." Sometimes you are just worn out and want to sit down. Sometimes you just feel indifferent to things.

"Meh," you say, "I'll deal with this tomorrow."

This is how my load of clean, unfolded laundry once merged with my dirty laundry into one big, kind of clean, pile living in the corner.

It's the same reason why when we all learned our Facebook data had been compromised, most people didn't delete their accounts.

"It's just a bunch of pictures of doughnuts and cats," we said. "We'll do it later."

I think it's a little easier to fight the power of "meh" when you are a parent because you have so many responsibilities. You may say "meh" to some little things, but only because you are focused on bigger things. Plus, kids see and emulate everything.

When my 3-year-old yelled in her best dad voice, "Come on, man!" to a slow driver in front of us, I knew I needed to be more composed on the road. Setting a good example can be difficult sometimes. But too often it feels like people can be indifferent to being the good example. I'm sure the person who leaves their shopping cart in the middle of a parking space is an OK person, but they are a bad example.

I get plenty of eye rolls from my daughters, who may not agree with me that every moment is a teachable one. But I don't let it stop me. Because if you do it long enough, I've learned, the kids will take over.

I'd like to think I always am a good example for my children. But sometimes, they are the good example for me.

My daughter ran up to me from across the yard with something in her hand. "It's a surprise for you," she said sweetly. She opened her hand to reveal the cap from a milk jug.

"Gee, thanks," I said. "I've always wanted one of these."

She laughed and told me that she chose me to throw it in the garbage. I thanked her and admitted that I noticed it too but didn't bother to bend over to pick it up.

"I think I was just being lazy," I said.

She forgave me, but motioned me close. "If no one picks it up, then there will be trash everywhere," she said. "Do you want that?"

I shook my head. "I do not," I said.

"Well, we need to try to be a good example for everyone," she replied. I promised to try harder.

As we started to walk into the house, I pointed at her bike helmet sitting on the front step.

"Don't forget to grab your helmet," I said.

"Meh," she replied, "I'll get it later."

David Manley is an editor at The Canton Repository. Share your stories with him at On Twitter: @DaveManley.