Allison had a hard day the other day, feeling a little overwhelmed by never getting to rest, always doing something, always feeling behind. Its true, life is full of work for her. Yesterday, Annie told her “Mom, I think it is awesome that you are always working on something!” Like a gift from God come these words from our daughter reminding us that even in our busyness the kids are watching and learning something.
And I would like to say that Allison does work incredibly hard every day. We have a washing machine, but it is only 5 kg. That is tiny compared to what we are all used to in the US. For a family of six, that is a lot of loads of laundry that all have to be hung up to dry, and then taken down to fold. There are clothes hanging up all over the place all the time. There is no dish washer, so she ends up doing all the cooking and dishes every day. (I help with dinner dishes, but she is always right there with us.) She does homeschooling with the kids. 4 lesson plans for our house. We don’t have a car, so she walks 20 minutes to the market to buy groceries from several small tiendas or fruit stands, (you don’t buy anything in bulk sizes in Curahuasi which means you walk somewhere for something every day) then often carries them all back up the hill, an elevation gain of a few hundred feet. The walk home of course is longer, because of the climb. We don’t have a TV, so there are no breaks to watch television, nor can she watch a show while folding clothes or doing some other mindless chore. She works all day long. She does all this while carrying the responsibility of being the family optimist and making everything run smoothly and happily in our home. She doesn’t complain, and she would never write this post, but I can.
I know all moms work hard, but I am proud to be married to the mom in our house who does it in a way that her seven year old daughter looks at her working and thinks it is awesome.