By: Erin Rose Hennessy
Hearing the word “chores” usually elicits moans, groans, whining and complaining from the masses. “I have to do chores.” “Finish your chores before you have any fun.” “You want TV time? Did you do your chores?”
Chores are an essential part of daily life, but they are also tedious, mundane, boring, and about five hundred synonyms meaning “unpleasant”. That’s why I was especially intrigued by the writing prompt for tonight.
“Write about a chore you secretly love to do.”
Everyone probably has one. That one job that you really don’t mind doing. Or at least, you hate it less than the rest of the chores you have to do.
I hate cleaning the toilet. I hate everything that relates to the bathroom. Loathe, loathe, loathe. I don’t mind doing the laundry, but that’s probably because I can fold and watch TV at the same time. I don’t particularly care for vacuuming. I don’t like mopping. I don’t like taking out the trash. Most of you are probably nodding your heads and agreeing with me – but maybe I listed a chore you secretly like? There is one that I actually like doing. Which is good, because if it’s a work day, I do it up to three times a day.
Dishes. I actually like doing the dishes. Partially because I like water. I think I must be at least part fish. There’s just something so satisfying about the washing, rinsing, drying and putting away. Cleaning up from a successful day of feeding myself, guests, and young students. Seeing the receptacles that held delicious food get cleaned and put away for another meal. I don’t have a dishwasher and there’s just me in the apartment, so I suppose it’s simpler now that it’s just me. Someday, if I have a partner and a family that may change!
I don’t think there’s a chore I do quite as willingly as I do the dishes. I like to count how many utensils I’ve used, too. Somehow, I always use the most spoons. What chore do you secretly like to do? And what utensil do you use the most?