Bending down, picking up, spilling over, piling on top, folding and smoothing, straightening up, putting away, stacking high, spilling over again, carrying across the room…..repeat.
And repeat again.
Piles of dishes dirty in the sink, heaps of laundry dirty in the hamper.
The two mounds that never end, an eternal cycle of pile, scrub, rinse, dry, put away, stack, fold, repeat.
Then there are those 3 glorious minutes where all the glasses are sparkling in a row, all the silverware is neatly put away in its drawer, the plates and bowls are stacked and gleaming, the sink is bare, the dishtowels are drying.
That one lovely half hour of the week where the laundry is folded in smooth stacks of cotton softness and linen freshness, the washer and dryer are silent, the hampers are empty, the baskets are bare.
Those are the moments I work towards during the other hundreds of minutes each day. Even if those moments never actually come, the dream of appreciating them is always there.
Clink. Clatter. Swish. Tumble. Spin. Splash. Thump. Click.
One dish at a time. One load at a time.
Always trying to reach for those moments of completion, those moments of rewarding quiet and order.
Listen. Do you hear it?
The sound of tasks being checked off. The sound of the cycle slowing to a quiet halt. The sound of calm after the bustle. The solitary moment of peace before the pattern starts over and the pile starts to build again.
That personal moment of satisfaction that every homemaker longs for if only to savor it for one, two, three triumphant seconds.
Clink. Clatter. Swish. Tumble. Spin. Splash. Thump. Click. Hum. Sigh. Breathe.
Deep breath, faithful homemaker, you can do this.
You could perform these repetitive patterns in your sleep so why not use these mindless tasks to your advantage? Make the most of the mundane and the ordinary. Live through these moments intentionally and your tasks will carry a sense of noble purpose.
Pray. Think. Reflect. Work. Serve. Sacrifice. Love. Listen. Accomplish. Dream.
Persevere in making your house a home for your family, for your friends, for yourself, one dish, one load, one hard-working moment at a time.
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