The Volunteer


The Volunteer

This day, like many days
filled itself with those things
which are seldom noticed
except when left undone

Beds were made
Bills paid
Meals prepared
Dishwasher filled
Laundry washed, dried, folded, put away
Toilets cleaned
Floor vacuumed
Rugs shaken
Garbage hauled to the curb
Mail opened and dealt with

And tomorrow
I am scheduled to volunteer
since the woman on the phone today
thought it would be nice for me
to have something to do
by Lori Lipsky
photo credit: istockphoto/fatihhoca

43 thoughts on “The Volunteer

  1. So hilariously true! I love the truth in that first line. No one knows what Mom does until she doesn’t do it 🙂

    • Thank you, Susan. I’m grounded today with some sort of bug, but was able to sit at the computer for a couple of hours and I got one load folded. Whoopee. It’s been a timely reminder to be thankful for good health when I have it.

  2. Haha, Lori; it seems a woman’s work is never done… Well, mine gets done; sometimes in the wee small hours of the morning, or late in the evening when ‘the day is done’… well, for some..!

    Happy volunteering, and remind those housework fairies to be smart and punctual about their work..! 😉

  3. Well I’m just glad to know (not) that there is someone out there making sure volunteer just so that you don’t get bored (between the chores) 🙂 On a serious note, it did make me stop to think about what some people for us that we may take for granted.

  4. Seems like a pretty lazy day to me. What about that roof leak in the garage, the torn screen on the back porch door ? Never thought of that far too long oil change needed and returning those blouses to Pennys, did you? And there are crumbs in the bottom of the toaster and you have not balanced your check book in six weeks. Sounds like a pretty lazy day to me.

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