House Keeping, Shining with Pride
I have a split personality in terms of keeping house. I like a clean house, but the effort to get it clean just seems like too much trouble. I felt that way before becoming a mom, but it’s even more so now. Remember, both of my kids are in diapers, and I work from a home office. My fellow writer/homemaker Erma Bombeck (God rest her soul) joked that Good Housekeeping revoked her subscription. I tell people: I don’t get the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Oh well. Some people clean for five hours a day, every day, just to have a perfectly organized showplace of a house. Please. Do you have nothing better to do?
But this week, I am drawing a little halo around my head. Hubby and I shampooed the carpets for the first time in I-don’t-know-how-long. And it has made such a difference in how the house looks and feels. Of course, we had to rent the professional machine from Home Depot. Jeremy used to run a Home Depot Tool Rental, so going in to that department has a familiar feel, and I can always banter with the guys behind the desk.
My stream of consciousness has taken me on a rabbit trail. Have you ever heard a second-hand happening that was so funny, you felt like you were there, and kept laughing about it for a long time afterward? Well, when Jeremy worked at Home Depot, he had a guy named Denny working for him. Nice guy, married, but liked to flirt. One Friday night, Denny reportedly told all the guys, “It’s Frrrrriiiie-day night, fellas. Go out and get-cha some!” The image of that particular guy saying that in such a goofy voice just really got me going. Again, you could say, “You had to be there,” but I wasn’t even there! I guess this is testament to the power of my imagination.