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Housework or Handbooks or …

August 7, 2009

One of the kid’s favorite CD’s is Free To Be…You and Me. As a child of the 70’s, I had the same love for it, (only mine was an LP). One of my favorites has always been Housework. (you can find the lyrics here.)

So, the very next time you happen to be
Just sitting there quietly watching TV,
And you see some nice lady who smiles
As she scours or scrubs or rubs or washes or wipes or mops or dusts or cleans,
Remember, nobody smiles doing housework but those ladies you see on TV.
Your mommy hates housework,
Your daddy hates housework,
I hate housework too.
And when you grow up, so will you.
Because even if the soap or cleanser or cleaner or powder or paste or wax or bleach
That you use is the very best one,
Housework is just no fun.

Children, when you have a house of your own,
Make sure, when there’s house work to do,
That you don’t have to do it alone.
Little boys, little girls, when you’re big husbands and wives,
If you want all the days of your lives
To seem sunny as summer weather,
Make sure, when there’s housework to do,
That you do it together!

Now, both the husband and kid will tell you that I am a big believer in equal opportunity housework. Perhaps not quite equal, since the husband does a *lot* more than I do, but you get the idea. The kid has his chores – loading and unloading dishes and laundry, setting and clearing the table, etc. As a whole, we try to make a team effort of it, and as noted above, it does make things somewhat “sunnier”.

Today, our preschool needed to get some parent packets together and to set up the handbooks for orientation. So at the council meeting last Tuesday, several of us volunteered to come help. We go in with the kids, one mom volunteers (or was volunteered, not sure) to stay with them all on the playground, and the rest of us went inside to label, seal, cut, tape, sort, copy and stuff. And chat. And laugh. We were there for 2-3 hours, 7 of us, and I think about our director who usually does this all by herself. She said it takes weeks.

On Tuesday, my friend who owns Miss Monkey’s Boutique was getting set to open in a new location. She sent out a plea for help with pricing and labeling products, so I told her I would come over and help Wednesday. The kids amused themselves (without too much damage to the house or each other) and she and I sat on the floor and chatted and laughed and tagged.

And lastly, on the playground today, I watched 6 kids investigate what could be done with a plastic picnic table turned upside-down. After a couple had tried to stand and fallen, and a couple had tried to sit without balance on the other side, they finally dubbed it a see-saw. But no-one cried when they fell, and they all helped each other out.

‘Tis a good lesson to learn my friends, that “If you want all the days of your lives To seem sunny as summer weather, Make sure, when there’s housework (or handbooks, or pricing or playing) to do, That you do it together!”

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