Friday, December 30, 2005

One of Those Days

Today is one of those days. It is two o'clock in the afternoon and I am still in my pajamas. Mabel has been throwing up all day and our house is a mess. I have been sitting on the couch reading magazines and eating peanut butter kisses while watching over my sick little girl. Today I just don't care.

If we were to divide all of the homemakers we know into general types, we would likely come to this conclusion:

There are three types. The first category consists of the "Don't Cares." These women are content to exist in a mess of confusion, dust, and fingerprints. The result of their complacency is more mess, more dust, and more fingerprints.

Then there are the "Almosters." They just don't quite make it, like the car brakes that almost worked, or the man who almost caught the train. Their intentions are good, and they almost make it. They spend lots of time and energy, but they don't quite reach their goals, they don't quite get the job done. Their houses are never quite clean, their ironing is never quite caught up, they are never quite ready, or quite on time. This results in frustrations, wear and tear on nerves, damage to self-respect, and failure to meet important goals and opportunities.

Fortunately, there are many Ideal Homemakers among women. They are the ones who are able to keep up with the countless demands of homemaking and make their homes function smoothly. The results of their abilites are joy and satisfaction, peace of mind, and a rich, interesting life.
The Art of Homemaking

I don't think it is possible to be an Ideal Homemaker everyday. Sometimes you just have to let go and not worry about the mess.


  1. ginger3:53 PM

    hmmm, I am going to have to say, more often than not, I am an "almoster". Sometimes a "don't cares"... but pretty much never an "ideal"! :-)

  2. Why does "almoster" ring so clear to me?


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