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Five Chores a Day

 “Mom, I found these in the picture drawer. What are they?”

A tear formed when I saw some of my mother’s hand written lists. “Grandma didn’t feel like she accomplished anything unless she could cross five chores a day off a list.”

“But this just says; wash dishes, do laundry, clean cat box, write notes, get hair cut. Aren’t those normal things?”

“That’s when she got older. Read another one.”

“Finish quilt, write blog, edit flash fiction, write some poetry, get necessary fabric.”

“Was she always so busy?”

“That’s not busy, those were the hobbies she did every day.” Continue reading “Five Chores a Day”

National Lazy Mom’s Day

Personally I think this day should be named, Give Mom a Day Off.  The description says this is a day for moms to not do the dishes or the laundry.  I wouldn’t call that lazy, I would call that taking a break at the beginning of a new school year.

When I was a kid, my mother didn’t work outside the home.  I can’t say as I remember seeing her do the laundry, but it was always done. When I would go upstairs at night to go to bed, there would be piles of clean clothes on the steps, in  order of age, so mine were on the lowest step.  I do remember her hanging the sheets outside even when it meant they would go stiff with frost.  The reasoning was they smelled fresher, longer, and the electric bill liked it.  I’m short and if I were asked to bring the sheets in, I had to stretch to get the clothes pins off the line, and in the snow, invariably it went into the top of my boots.  We had a dachshund for a time, and she loved to bound between the foot holes, then bury her face in the white stuff and burst upwards shaking her head.

Oxford dictionary says lazy means inactive, unwilling to work or exert energy when capable, slothful, or in todays slang we would call that a “couch potato”.  Again, if a person works hard all week, then doesn’t trim the bushes on the weekend because they were feeling lazy; are they really lazy?  Not in my book.

I’ve been thinking all afternoon, and sharing thoughts at dinner too.  I can’t come up with a really good description of lazy.  One person we talked about doesn’t seem to be able to keep a job, yet, he’ll scrape, sand and paint the house every year. We decided he isn’t lazy, he just doesn’t like taking orders from others.  We talked about another person that uses dishes out of the dishwasher until it is empty.  The problem?  The dirty dishes are left to pile up on the counter, not even rinsed, until the dishwasher is once again empty so it can be filled.  I have witnessed this.  It stinks and looks horrendous.  So, is this person lazy, or do they have a form of some unnamed illness?  I hope it’s the latter, it would be easier to accept.

I guess the outcome of a days thinking, comes down to, if you are a mom and you do your best to raise your family, if you don’t feel like doing a chore on a certain day, it will be there to do tomorrow; unless you have an elf, friend, husband, even a kid, that will do it for you.   And, we didn’t even get to what retired moms might do with this day.  Take it off; it’s the day designated to do so.

 

National Women’s Equality Day

The United States Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women full and equal voting rights on this day in 1920.  Every year on August 26, we commemorate this right with National Women’s Equality Day.

Today is also National Webmistress Day, hence the picture.  There are all sorts of other categories women are still fighting/hoping for equality in.  Equal pay is an especially big one.  Being acceptable as the leader (with men taking orders), either as a company president or of the United States is another one.  I know some female professional athletes, like golfers and basketball players, that would love to make the money their male counterparts make.  I have a lady friend that is an anesthesiologist and when she tells people what she does, they sometimes blurt out, “But you’re a woman!”  She tells me it gets really old.

My husband is a big sports enthusiast so I at least recognize some of the big names on his favorite teams.  I have been known to offer a comment in a mixed group and invaribly one guy will look at me as if to say, “How would you know, you’re a girl?”  It makes me chuckle. (I only do it when I’m sure I’m right if we are in public!)

Currently women are now proving they can do some of the mlitary jobs that were always given to just men.  I’m glad they have the physical capability, but I’m old fashioned on this one: I sure wouldn’t want one of them to be captured by the enemy and find out the hard way they indeed, are not equal.

There’s one area of expertise that only a woman can do best and that’s being a Mom.  I applaud any man that has to fill both roles of Dad and Mom and I admit Moms don’t always get it right, but we do the best we know how at the time we do it.  Moms feel things differently, so express them differently than Dads and that’s a good thing.  Maybe wehn it comes to keeping a household going, we ladies should be more adamant about the guys having equality when it comes to chores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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