|the type of bed you never need to make!|
I was just reading Kirsa's blog and her amusing post about scatter cushions and she mentioned something about bed making that got me thinking.
Do you make your bed? Every morning without fail? My poor bed gets awfully neglected. If it's lucky - and most of the time it's not - I'll flick the covers up over it. If we have visitors I'll make a bit more of an effort and return the second pillow to the bed and make the doona all neat looking but underneath the sheet is still usually all twisted. Really, I haven't properly made my bed in the morning since boarding school where we got in trouble if we didn't. I'm wondering if there's a point in my life where I will go back to proper bed making? Will it be when I have kids and I want them to make their beds so I have to lead by example? Or is bed making a lost chore?
When I was younger, some of my jobs were to make my bed every morning, dry the dishes as Mum washed them and when I was old enough to be trusted around an iron, iron the hankies and tea towels. Now, I certainly do not dry the dishes these days. We do not yet have the luxury of a dish washer but once the dishes are washed they get left to drain on the dish rack and put away once air dried. In my opinion, unless you have guests and a shitload of dishes, drying dishes is an immense waste of time. Similarly, ironing tea towels falls into that same category. It's like ironing sheets. Why would you do it? (Although I certainly know quite a few crazy people who do.) And who uses hankies these days apart from old men? Yuck.
Now, not having kids myself I don't know how things are looking on the chores front. I like to think most families still have their kids helping around the house although from an anecdote my sister told me when she took a bunch of private school teenage boys on a ski trip over east and they had to help out with the chores in the dormitory and one of them asked how to turn on the vacuum cleaner I have an inkling this may not be the case everywhere. I'm sure though that where chores are happening, drying the dishes may have been superseded by emptying the dishwasher. And I'm curious, what other new chores there are out there these days that we all wouldn't have done when we were young? And what chores have been relegated to the "when I was your age" stories?