I prepared this post on Sunday. The family did not see it.
I realize it gets confusing when I'm home in the summer. I know that having all of July off and much of June and August can lead you to believe that I'm around solely to do your bidding. I do pick up a lot of the slack during those summer months: making appointments, taxiing people where they need to go, and generally taking care of details.
But family, dear ones, it's September, and I'm teaching again. I'm waking up to an early alarm. I'm setting up my own breakfast and coffee and packing my lunch and at the same time planning ahead for supper. I come home (with a schoolbag full of work, I might add) and serve up a decent meal, often made from scratch. I'm working full time, and I'm coming home to a second shift of housework.
So family, would it trouble you to clean the litter boxes without being asked? Empty the dishwasher of clean dishes before the dirty ones pile up on the counter? Take out the recycling? Vacuum the rugs? Wipe out the sinks? Replace the toilet paper? Clear the table after supper? Put away your own clean clothes? Get the dirty clothes into the hamper? Heck, you could even launder them all yourselves!
As I pull together the transcripts and training records I need to submit for a lane change (the only way to get a raise in today's economy), maybe the rest of you could pull together and get the house in order. Maybe.
Because after all, I'm your mother, not your maid.
I didn't discuss my frustrations, but they must have been evident.
Chuck has emptied and loaded the dishwasher every day this week.
La Petite changed the litter boxes without so much as a suggestion. She didn't rinse them, but hey, the house didn't smell.
Amigo was a bit snippy (rotten teenager) when I helped him pack his duffel for the week, so I deserted him. He had to finish alone while I worked in the garden. He was very polite and personable for the remainder of our road trip Monday.
So many that's the answer: a virtual post! Who knew that an unpublished blog post could be so powerful?!