While most of the time I don’t even give a second thought to the millions of little tasks I automatically perform when in full Mommy mode, this morning I paused to consider how odd some of my chores are.
This morning I folded up all the umbrellas that had been left open to dry on the patio all week long. I collected up all the shoes and clothing that my youngest daughter (the nudist) had abandoned in the yard and patio all week long. I restocked the glove compartment of the car with sunscreen. And I have big plans for scrubbing down a few outside walls that have started to mold during the rainy season (hopefully that will give me some allergy relief). I have assigned my oldest son to spray the yard with flea killing chemicals… if it doesn’t rain today.
I also hope to fill the humming bird feeders again today. I had neglected them when I noticed that we were getting a lot of bats flying around the house. Considering that we have no screen windows or doors and the doors are left open whenever we are home, I don’t want a bat accidentally flying into the house one evening. But the other day, a humming bird came right up to my kitchen window where there used to be a feeder. It was like he was reminding me to make him some sugar water. While that may not seem like an odd chore to some people, it does feel odd to me to be taking “orders” from a creature the size of a pack of chewing gum.
Speaking of chewing gum, one of my past Odd Mommy chores has been scraping gum off the seat of the van and washing face paint off the seat belt straps. I have washed chalk scribbles off of walls and marker off of couches and boogers off of nearly every surface imaginable. With little ones the house, there is no limit to the odd things that must be washed regularly.
So now it’s your turn. What Odd Chores have you performed in the line of duty as a parent?