Housework

When I was in college, I had an idea for a sculpture. Only I couldn’t sculpt. But anyway it was this: a woman whose body was a house. Because that was what I felt domesticity did to a woman. It trapped her. That’s why I was never going to marry, and I planned to live alone either in a studio in New York City, or as a hermit on a ranch in Montana.

Thank God those dreams didn’t come true. (I swear I’m not as crazy as I sound.)

And while now I understand the joys that come with domesticity, some days I do feel trapped by our home, as we’ve got three adorable tornadoes blowing through it (four, if you count me).

I’ve made lists for myself, and stuck up post it notes as reminders. But still, apples fall from my cart daily: fill the dishwasher, and the laundry remains heaped. Take the kids to the park, and dinner consists of a frozen pizza.

Once, while struggling to calm a crying baby, I actually forgot the groceries at the store. But at least it wasn’t her, right?

© Amy Gunty

So today I ask you: How do you do it?

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26. May 2010 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
Categories: Parenting | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. Like every other mom, I’m exhausted 24/7. I get through the blinding exhaustion because I know that kids grow and change every day. Every day holds new surprises in store. I know that in 6 months, things will be different. In 6 years, they will be unrecognizable. So instead of fretting when I drive off with the take-out sitting on the roof of my car, I sigh, then laugh, then tell my friends the story of my bleary-eyed stupidity so they can laugh, too. And if they share the same stories with me, we can all laugh our way through these exhausting years and emerge on the other side with our sanity in tact.

  2. It is so nice to read of other people who have apples falling from their cart! I have come to the conclusion that if it’s not done by the time it’s ten thirty, it’s not going to happen today. I lose all momentum as soon as I take that first coffee break. So I try to get stuck into the most important issues straight after breakfast, but even then things don’t always go to plan. Right now, for example, I’m spending time online instead of tackling the ironing…

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