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Why Bother? Essay

783 words - 3 pages

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm one of those housewives known to spend a lazy afternoonwatching soap operas. I've also spent entire days running up the total of the Mastercard atsuburban shopping malls. I've even spent my mornings on the telephone talking to whomeverfor one, two or three hours. Why? I'll tell you why. To avoid the most futile, frustrating andmundane job ever imposed on mankind. Housework. I'm not referring to the once or twice ayear heavy stuff, such as scrubbing windows or evicting the spiders from behind the piano.I'm talking about the everyday type of housework. The dust on the television, the laundryoverflowing the hamper, the dishes that completely conceal the countertop and...thebathroom. Let's face it. There isn't anything more futile than spending the preciousmoments of life creating a Mr. Clean shine throughout the entire house when I knowdeep inside my soul that the model home appearance would last only if I were to evict thefamily, board the windows, and lock the doors.Take dusting, for instance. Dust is a constant. Even as the rag (sprayed with a cleanerguaranteed to please an asthmatic) is wiped from one end of the furniture to the other, thedust begins to settle onto the area again. There is no such thing as a dust-free environment.Just ask the asthmatic (who, by the way, is allergic to the spray cleaner). Does it ever goaway? No! The rag, after use, is shaken outside. What does it disperse into the air? Dust.Using a vacuum cleaner produces the same problem. The vacuum sucks the dust from therug. The vacuum cleaner bag is filled with dust. The bag is removed and tossed into thetrash. The trash is burned at the incinerator which fills the air with...dust. Dust has nomercy.Laundry and dishes fall into the category of an endless parade of things to wash. Nosooner is the laundry folded neatly and placed inside the drawer when, suddenly, it isgrabbed out, thrown over the body of a budding anthropologist and, bammo, one-half daylater it's back in the hamper. Same thing with dishes. Picture a sink filled to the overflowwith greasy, unrinsed plates, egg-caked forks, and, worst of all, the frying pan (also unrinsed,of course). After at least one hour of water hot enough to burn even the toughest hands, soapharsh enough to give...

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