Monday, May 30, 2011
I Don't Do Housework
I am often asked how I cope with all that I do. Working and studying part-time from home and taking care of a house, husband and five children, of which three are aged five and under, is time-consuming and often exhausting.
My usual answer is, ‘I don’t do the housework.’
Many don’t believe me, so my reply is usually met with laughter. Sure, I do the washing, the cooking and the hundred other daily tasks that we don’t think about as we take care of a family, usually all completed with a clingy two-year-old constantly attached to me. This is part of the reason I’m unable to get stuck into the joyous chore of cleaning the toilets and bathrooms. Miss Flora’s penchant for sniffing and tasting things doesn’t stop just because the label says it’s poisonous. It doesn’t matter where you spray it, she’ll try to lick it!
But the main reason that I escape so many housework hours is that I am blessed with a wonderful husband, who understands how important my writing is to me, realises that a fifteen-minute chore can take two hours to complete when I have a toddler attached to me and…he loves doing the vacuuming!
How much more vacuuming he does than I do was highlighted when we passed the shop where we usually buy our vacuum bags.
‘Oh no! Our vacuum bag shop’s gone. Where will we get vacuum bags now?’ I asked.
‘Lucky we bought a bagless vacuum in the Boxing Day sales!’ replied Mr T.
Before I could reply, Mr T asked, ‘Shouldn’t I – the husband – be the one that knows nothing about the vacuum?’