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He Said – She Said

Posted by Mummy Dearest on May-3-2010

He : Don’t you care that the house is a mess ?

She : No. I don’t. I cleaned it for 20 years and I am sick of it.

He : 20 Years ? ( Laughter is heard)

She : If you want a maid, hire one. Is this our biggest problem ? I went to University, I am not going on my hands and knees any longer to clean the kitchen floor. I simply do not care.

He : Well, my mother didn’t go to University, but she has a spotless house.

She : Maybe you should have married Berdien. I just don’t care anymore. I really don’t.

He : We should make a list of tasks.

She : Fine. You do that.

I woke up this morning at 8.30. I wasn’t sure what time the chimney sweep was coming, and so, wanting to get the initial shopping done early, I left after a few minutes. My asthma meds hadn’t really kicked in yet, so I am huffing and puffing, but I did it. I sat at the kitchen table, catching my breath.

The Father came downstairs 5 minutes later . Did you put the dogs on the playground ? No, I said.

I then was led into an interesting morning conversation about how I do nothing in this house. This led into a hearty discussion of how to handle Alice. I did comment that every now and then a compliment would not hurt, they cost nothing, for both Alice and me. He has no idea how to handle Alice, keeping an equilibrium between praise and punishment.

I have no idea where we are going, but I see a long path to nowhere. He can figure out his own pills.

When did he become such an ogre ?

  1. Mary Said,

    Its too bad he needs to be so miserable, but he does not have to take the rest of you down with him.

    I say you continue to not clean that house – then maybe he will learn to appreciate when you had (oops, I think I’ve said this before! LOL!)

    When hubby would comment to me “My mother did it this way…”, I would simply remind him that he did not marry his mother.

  2. Mummy Dearest Said,

    Berdien is always the woman I mention when he complains about my lack of domestic skills. She has the IQ of a pineapple, looks like the back end of a truck, but she is a good cook and a great housekeeper. He chose me and he knew very well what he was getting into. I read Tolstoy for fun, I consider Tolstoy a great yellow novelist. I know all about Dicken’s mistress. These are things that interest me. Dust does not. Plus, he did not even notice that I dusted this week. As I told him this morning, attempt, once in a while, to give me a compliment.

    A compliment does not cost shit.

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