Keep him doing chores that he can still do is my motto. Gives him a sense of purpose and helps me. My husband can still empty the dishwasher, clear up after dinner, sweep the terrace, mow the grass. He no longer hauls the garbage bins out to the street because he forgets which way they face. Easier for me to do it than to explain.
Each of his chores has become problematic for both of us. When he empties the dishwasher I put away the odd things he doesn’t recognize — juicer, salad spinner, flour sifter — and after we eat I must put leftovers away or he’ll throw them out.
Mowing the yard has become an all-day event. If I remind him that the grass needs cutting, and if he’s in the mood to do it, he’ll mow front and back, come in complaining how hot he is, take a shower, then go back outside and start to mow all over again. When I catch him to tell him he already mowed, he argues. I point out the freshly manicured lawn, but he doesn’t believe me. He is hot though, so he showers again, and tries to mow a third time.
A week ago I couldn’t get him to cut the lawn at all. When the grass was nearly at mid-calf, I threatened. He mowed the outer edges of each section, but left the middles. He put the mower away. I asked him to finish mowing. He would not. Suddenly, he went out and started the mower. He was going round and round the front when it started raining. Blinding sheets of rain. He would not stop. He kept going and going and going, an Energizer bunny. He was drenched. “No reason to quit once I got so wet,” he said with a silly smile when he came in the back door.
He headed upstairs to take another shower.
2016 National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ contest finalist.
How can a mottled marble ball be a “Reliable Trimmer?” Had to blow up the photo to discover – it’s a rabbit! That does make more sense.
Hm, yes I can see why you thought that. He’s cuter than a mottle marble ball though. Watch this space for a better caption…
Ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! You’re writing is so damn great…this one just cracks me up!!!
The grass grows so fast good thing he keeps cutting! Love your stories.
Loved it! It’s always nice to have a well-manicured lawn😃
When unloading the dishwasher I can never remember where the salad spinner goes either. : )
Hm-m. Think convenient spot close to fridge and sink. 😉