Two things. First – I really wasn’t going to do today’s Hodgepodge. I had a crummy day yesterday, and just. wasn’t. feeling. it. For many reasons. Secondly – you know I’ve been doing the Hodgepodge for a couple of years now. And in that time, have come to know several of the fellow weekly Hodgepodgers like family. A handful in particular, will email me if I haven’t posted to see if I’m ok, our emails to each other go beyond the weekly Hodgepodge and into praying for each other and sharing our lives – even though we have not physically met. It’s a God-thing, this little community and the blessings that come with it. So – this Hodgepodge is for you, Zo… you encouraged me in your email this morning to do the questions, even if I didn’t feel like it. You are probably right. And I”m nothing if not stubborn – issue me a challenge, and I”ll rise to meet it! Here’s to you, Zo. Love ya.
1. What’s a phrase your mother often said to you? If you’re a parent, is this something you now say to your own children?
“Clean your room!” or “You can’t go out and play until your chores are done” and yes, these are both things I say now, obviously!
Funny story – so my deal with my hubby is that now that I”m working full time and he is working 2000 miles away, I get a housecleaner twice a month. Bliss. Last week our cleaners were coming, so I told the kids to straighten up their rooms – at which point my smart-mouthed teen boy said “But isn’t that the cleaner’s job?” I just stared at him, and very slowly, very quietly said “It is NOT their job to pick up your moldy socks and underwear that shouldn’t be on the floor in the first place. There is no way I pay them enough for that. Their job is to dust and vacuum and change the sheets and make your room look like a teenage behemoth does NOT live here!” To which he responded “Oh. Ok.” Message received. (I have also told my kids that if they aren’t willing to do their part – putting clothes away, etc. then I will put a post-it note on their door telling the cleaners not to clean in there. I haven’t had to do it yet!)
2. What is a scent you associate with your mother or your childhood home?
Gardenias, because we had a gardenia bush right outside our front door.
3. What’s an activity you remember always doing with your mother (or someone who was a mother figure in your life)?