It’s Time For Bed. Almost.
Mum and Dad were watching TV when Mum said, “I’m tired, and it’s getting late. I think I’ll go to bed”.
She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day’s lunches, rinsed out the out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table, and started the coffeepot for brewing next morning.
She then put some wet clothes into the dryer, put a load of clothes in the wash, ironed a shirt, and secured a loose button.
She picked up the newspapers strewn on the floor, picked up the game pieces left on the table, and put the telephone book back into the drawer. She watered the plants, emptied a waste-paper basket, and hung up a towel to dry.
She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom.
She stopped by the desk and wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip, and pulled a textbook out from hiding under the chair. She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope, and wrote a quick shopping list. She put both near her handbag.
Mum then cleansed her face, put on moisturiser, brushed and flossed her teeth, and trimmed her nails. Her husband called, “I thought you were going to bed.”
“I’m on my way,” she said. She put some water into the dog’s bowl and put the cat outside, then made sure the doors were locked. She looked in on each of the kids and turned out a bedside lamp, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks in the laundry basket, and had a brief conversation with the one still up doing homework.
In her own room, she set the alarm, laid out clothing for the next day, and straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her list of things to do for tomorrow.
About that time, her husband turned off the TV and announced to no-one in particular, “I’m going to bed,” and he did.
Taken from “Stepping Into Your Power” by Geraldine Bown
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