Chapter 2 – Chores and Responsibility

EMMY’S FAVORITE DAY

Saturday is Emmy’s favorite day of the week. On Saturday, after doing the chores on her chore list, she is free to do whatever she wants to do.  One Saturday morning Emily was so excited to go outside that she almost forgot about her chores. I say ‘almost’ because little Joe caught her just as she was rushing out the door.

“Mama,” Little Joe yelled, “Emmy is going outside and she did not do her chores. “ Emily stopped dead in her tracks and looked back at little Joe, “Oh, little Joe,” Emily said frowning, “I might have made it outside if you had not opened your big mouth and tattled on me.”

Happy Saturday

Little Joe shrugged his shoulders and smiled innocently as Mama entered the room. “Emily dear, is it true you were going to sneak out before doing your chores?” “Well,” Emily said, “I was not really going to sneak out.   I just plain forgot, mama.  All I could think about was getting outside.  It’s a beautiful day and you know how much I love the sunshine.”

Mama smiled softly and Emmy noted the kindness and understanding in her eyes. Emily loved her Mama.  Looking at Emily, Mama said, “Emmy, I know how you love the sunshine and that you love to play, but you must remember that there are chores to do and as your Mama it is my job to teach you responsibility.  Do you remember what that word means Emily?” Emily tried to be pleasant and answered, “Yes Mama I do. Responsibility means to do the stuff I’m supposed to do so I can grow up to take care of myself and not be lazy.”  Mama shot Emily a bright smile and said, ,

RESPONSIBILITY

Emily ran to the hallway to look at the chore chart hanging on the wall. Her bedroom was the first room on the chore chart.  She read the chores for her bedroom and then set her feet toward her room. She started by making her bed. Emily carefully tucked in the corners of the top sheet and placed her pillow at the head of the bed.  Next, she picked up the end of her pink and green quilt and fluffed it in the air.  On the last

She started by making her bed. Emily pulled the top sheet over the bottom sheet until they were centered on the bed.  Then she carefully tucked in the corners of the top sheet and placed her pillow at the head of the bed.  Next, she picked up the end of her pink and green quilt and fluffed it in the air.  On the last shake, she landed it as close as she could to cover the whole bed.  She did a pretty good job!  She only had to pull the quilt a little bit down toward the foot of the bed.  Now she smoothed out the wrinkles and stood back to admire her work. A happy feeling skipped across her heart, just as it always did when Emily did an excellent job. Next, Emily picked up the toys and books that were on the floor.  She placed her books on the bookshelf and arranged them all neatly.

Red hair and freckles just like Emmy.

After arranging her books she picked up her toys.  The last toy Emily picked up was her favorite doll, Melinda.  Melinda was a Christmas present from Mama and Papa when Emily was only 3 years old.  Emily still remembered opening the present and finding an adorable, soft doll who looked just like her with red hair and freckles. She named her Melinda, after her cousin who also had red hair and freckles too. Melinda was her favorite playmate and the one who knew all her secrets.

Before placing Melinda on the end of the bookshelf, Emily hugged her close and kissed her on the top of her head.  After placing Melinda on the shelf she lovingly tucked her Teddy Bear named Berry and Scotty her stuffed Puppy on either side of her.

The last thing she had to do is to pick up the clothes on the floor.  She gathered the clothes, she should have picked up the night before, and hurriedly carried them to the laundry room.  Now it was time to check off the boxes on the chore chart.  Emily always got excited to check each chore off the list.

Chores and Responsibility

Emily’s extra chore for the week was to clean the sink and mirror in the kids bathroom.  Emily was a pro at this job.  Mama taught her how to squirt just enough cleaner into the sink to get rid of yuck and dirt. While the cleaner was working, mama says to let it set, Emily took a soft cloth from the cupboard and sprayed a tiny bit of cleaner on it.  She rubbed the faucet with the cloth until it sparkled.

Next, she grabbed the scrubber from under the sink.  Emily scrubbed hard being careful to scour every inch of the sink.  When she was sure every bit of dirt was gone, she rinsed the sink.  Emmy was careful not to splash all over the place when she rinsed the sink.

The sink was clean and sparkly.  She looked up from the sink and into the mirror.  “Yes, this mirror is dirty, it needs to be cleaned!” Emmy decided.  She reached under the sink to grab the window cleaner and went to work on the mirror.  Emmy lightly sprayed the cleaner all over it.  As Emmy Rubbed her cloth vigorously, over the mirror the splatters and smudges disappeared. Emmy stepped back and admired her work, then she focused on her face, thinking, “Mama says my freckles are angel kisses … but I sure wished they weren’t so red!”

Even though cleaning was not Emily’s favorite thing to do, she always felt proud of her work.  Emily learned a wise saying when she was a little kid, “Many hands make light work.” Emily was glad that she could help make the work lighter for her Mama.

 

Bear Hugs

Satisfied with her work, Emily took off running toward the door. As she ran she called back, “Momma, I’m done with my chores, I’m going to play outside now.” “Just a minute Ms. Emily,” she heard Mama call “Let me check your work.” Emily once again stopped dead in her tracks.  Another failed attempt to get outside, thought Emily trying hard not to be grumpy.

Mama came around the corner and smiled at Emily, “Honey, you know the rules; after you do your chores you need to ask me to check your work … right?” “Yes Mama,” answered Emily as she was thinking, “If I always did my chores like mama taught me, she probably would not have to check them every time.” Emily told herself that from now on she was going to do her best when doing her chores; After all, she reasoned, she was not a baby anymore.

Way To Go!

Following Mama to the bedroom, she stopped and watched mama’s eyes as they surveyed the room. Mama smiled as she said, “Great job Emily, I like how neatly you made your bed.” Emily was pleased that mama noticed; it made her feel happy inside. “Thank you, mama.” Emily replied. Next, Mama walked down the hallway toward the bathroom. As she turned through the door and walked into the room, Mama stopped suddenly putting her hand across her eyes. “Oh My,” she exclaimed, “The light bouncing off the faucet is blinding me.” Emily giggled and said, “Oh Mama you are silly.” “Yes,” Mama agreed, “I am your silly mama, and I am glad to say you did a super job with your chores today; now out the door with you before you miss any more of this beautiful day.”

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