Sunday, May 04, 2008


Sunday is a day set aside from the world. So I try not to do worldly things on Sunday. I try not to spend money and not to work on business.

I try to spend my time connecting myself with God and Family instead. Sometimes, I just end up using it as a day of rest.

often I take time to make good meals on Sunday. I can cook without much thought, it just takes time.... and good food has a tendency to gather family together. Good food is meant to be shared. I usually do not plan on inviting people to dinner. It is always something that happens at the last minute. I place the calls, when I know something good is underway. (And no matter how much I plan, I can never garentee if I will have enough energy or presence of mind to care to cook until I do).

So today, I placed a call, when some wonderful chicken enchiladas were in the oven. And some chocolate cake to follow. And I happened to reach some people who felt in need of a good homemade meal after a weekend of travel and parties. So even though my house was ankle deep (better then yesterday, it was at least knee deep then). I offered to share my food and the love that went into such dishes. In return my guest started cleaning my desk. She said she would have folded the mountain of laundry, but we needed the table for the cake.

And to tell you the truth, I really like it when people clean with me. Moms are good at that. What shocks me though is how much like her mother she has become in the cleaning field in the last 10 years. The ideas of getting rid of the dust and dirt I don't think ever occurred to her until after all her children moved out of the house.

I think she was always too busy doing things to even see the dust. She ran girl scout troops, camps, ran a business, was always there for school events, and mostly was a great mom. I now have empathy for what it must have been like for her, having her kids do chores, instead of doing them all her self. Most children need many years of practice in chores before they finish them well enough for anything to even look like anybody tried to clean it.

Yup, that pretty well classifies my kitchen, laundry room, the kids' bedrooms and their bathroom upstairs. oh well, someday they will be grandparents and learn to see the dirt under the piles of stuff. Meanwhile...., I would settle for less poop on the bathroom walls, and a clear walk way. "Who dropped these clothes in my walkway?" I must ask 10 times per day..... and then I highly recommend to the children that they put their dirty clothes in the laundry. I am also trying to require them to keep their bed sheeted (only clean ones count) every day. This of course, is easier on those who don't wet the bed.

Meanwhile, Mike and I just had a good laugh. Ewan suggested we pay him $500,000,000 for cleaning the bathroom. Man kid, if I only had $500,000,000 for every bathroom I've cleaned......

A good bathroom scrub job is only worth $5 (if a kid does it). They can also earn that much by cleaning out the car. We told them that they have to start earning money if they want any more bionicles. And with that comes learning all about money and spending and savings and fun stuff like that. Man, teaching those things makes me wonder if that is all part of stealing an innocent child's childhood. Oh well, we all have to grow up sometimes.- hopefully just bit by bit, so when you move out of your parents house, it all doesn't come as a big shock.

Have a good night!

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