A READER ASKS

Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

“Dear Lord, my house is such a mess that I’ve put my fam­ily on lock­down to clean it up this week­end. I can only pick up af­ter my kids and hus­band for so long with­out get­ting sick of it, then I cry foul and make them pitch in. But my best friend tells me I’m wrong to do this. She is fine with be­ing her house­hold maid. She says all it takes is re­al­iz­ing she’s serv­ing the higher pur­pose of fam­ily har­mony. I’ll con­fess to dread­ing the fights I know will en­sue to­day: I’m al­ways the vil­lain for in­sti­tut­ing or­der and can­celling ev­ery­one’s plans. And at times I envy my friend’s saint-like pa­tience and ded­i­ca­tion—her chil­dren never ar­gue with her and her home is spic-and-span. It’s got me won­der­ing if she has a point about this whole is­sue. Still, how much am I sup­posed to suck up (and clean up!) in the name of keep­ing the peace?”

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