Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tough Questions

This is the beginning of a new series on this blog.  Because kids do ask some toughies and I have been stumped by them.  So here it goes:

Every other Friday, "The Dirtbusters" come to my house and make it sparkle.  A few Fridays ago while the cleaning team was whirring all around us, working their magic, Sofia asked me:
"Why do the cleaning people clean our house when you can do it yourself?"
WHOA.  Where did that come from?  Had my conscience incarnated in the human form of my sweet daughter?  All I could think of to say (which I didn't) was the truth, "'Cuz Mommy don' wanna."  But because I'd been feeling kind of bad about this particular line item in the family budget, I danced around the question while Sofia's mind moved on to something else, along with her little Spanish Inquisition truth light. Phew.

I could have told her that cleaning irritates my carpal tunnel and I have to save my carpal nerves for blogging. (Not true, but a decent enough excuse) Or I could have told her to ask her father because men are supposed to do the housework.  Ha.  Take that! 

But I didn't.  I left the question hanging in the air because I feel a little bad about this and I was caught off guard.  And I don't think fast enough on my feet. 

What would you have said?


  1. I would have said that Mommy works really hard taking care of her three little kids and working part time, so in terms of value, the time Mommy would have to spend cleaning the house is just not worth it. Because that is TRUE.

    Chris and I used to spend like four hours together on a Sunday or Sat cleaning our whole place before we just wised up and spent the $95 a month. They do a better job and our time is just too precious. Watch out, Mama, this one is an easy one - it's going to get much harder!

  2. What if I had said, "Cleaning service is only temporary until you and your brothers can take over."

    True, the questions will only get harder than this one!

  3. You could say, "If I did more housework than I do, I might become the next Phyllis Schlafly and you wouldn't want that, would you?" ;-)

    Seriously, feeling guilty is what's hard, not the question.

  4. You make the point of the post better than I did. Guilt, damn you! I'm shaking my fist at you.