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Cleaning house…. literally!

March 10, 2018

I was brought up in an era when it was the mans job to make a living and the wife’s job to run the house. Most men in the 1950’s and 1960’s were not concerned with cooking meals, making lunches or shopping and cleaning their home……. little did we know that that lack of experience would one day come home to roost with a vengeance.



Except for when I was on strike or laid off I worked almost every day of my married life and for half a decade held two jobs at the same time so is it any wonder I never understood what was entailed in taking care of a home. Sure for most of my 29 years of married life, except when I was in the Army, I had a ‘honey-do’ list on our refrigerator but this was for repair jobs and major projects only and the taking care of the house was the domain of my wife, unfortunately now I have switched rolls and must do all that my wife did for so many years. Its a little late but now I understand that a woman’s job at home was not one of sitting all day in front of the TV and there are days now that I get frustrated at all the cleaning needed to maintain even this small apartment.

You might ask what did I do for 20 years living alone in Alaska…. well for four of those years I had an apartment in Fairbanks and only worried about cleaning it right before I moved so I could get my deposit back. The next 14 years living in my remote cabin saw little of me even thinking about cleaning the place. Maybe once a year I would sweep the floor and every five years or so dust a little but other than washing the windows so I could see if a bear was around I never bothered to clean.

It just goes to show you
that many of us take what our loved ones
do for us
for granted

3 Comments leave one →
  1. john permalink
    March 10, 2018 5:39 pm

    RE: your daughters club—I bet happy hour is a hoot ! 73 john w8wej


  2. March 11, 2018 11:37 am

    Nothing like the ‘minimalist approach’, Pete! I find myself getting sanguine with dust and dog fur in my daily existence. That’s just one of those items that living on ‘Talkeetna Time’ has taught me not to worry over. Sweating the small stuff now belongs to a much different me..!


  3. Jon permalink
    March 13, 2018 9:30 pm

    Not to brag, I’ve always been a clean “freak”. I won’t let Margie do the housework, mostly because of the treatment she got from the ex. I take care of the house maintenance, cars, etc. Not that she doesn’t do anything; she works hard at her job, cooks a damn good meal & does lots too. I try to help out at home.


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