28 Jun

Go on, be honest, how much time a day do you spend at it? Me? I would say less than an hour, especially if you don’t include cooking. I just can’t be bothered. See, if everything is shiny and sparkly I get upset if someone messes it. And with a small boy and a sand table full of green sand (GREEN sand! What was I thinking? Plain old sand isn’t half as visible to the naked eye, but GREEN! Man, I’m a fool!), things are bound to get messy. So I save myself the heartache and tend to the necessities. We all have clean clothes, the beds are made, the dishes washed, and the floors swept. The glass has smudges all over it. There’s always a pile of laundry to be done. There are usually dishes “soaking” in the sink. The mirrors could do with a cleaning, as could the baths. Dusting, what’s that? And the hoover? Well the Turtle is mortally afraid of it. Still. He starts to shake and cry, and tries to rescue me. So that isn’t done unless he’s out of the house. The one thing I do like doing is mopping the floor, but that’s only because I have a steam mop, which I lurrrrve! The problem is that I have to sweep first. There’s always something though isn’t there!

So my house isn’t a show house. But I wouldn’t be ashamed to have visitors. This is our home. We live here. And we’re too busy living to tidy. I don’t want to be remembered as “the woman with the clean house”. And I won’t be!

Excuse This House

Some houses try to hide the fact
That children shelter there,
Ours boasts it quite openly,
The signs are everywhere.

For smears are on the windows,
Little smudges are on the doors
I should apologize, I guess
For toys strew on the floor.

But I sat down with my child
And we played and laughed and read
And if the doorbell doesn’t shine,
His eyes will shine instead.

For when at times I’m forced to choose The one job or the other,
I’d like to cook and clean and scrub,
But first I’ll be a mother.

(Not mine, but apt, nonetheless.)


2 Responses to “Housework”

  1. TheMadHouse June 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    I feel the same, but sometimes it just gets too much. I need to have a good clean ,as everything is dusty!

    • turtleturtleturtle June 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

      I’m not a fan of dust myself (I’m allergic!) but it doesn’t seem to be that dusty here. You would think it would be, seeing as it is so dry and windy, but nope. THe green sand will drive me to distraction though. Absolute distraction.

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