Last week I obsessively washed all of the pillows, cushions, blankets, duvets and bed covers in our house as I discovered that our beloved cat Frida Khalo had a very bad infestation of fleas. I imagined them hopping everywhere, as she loves to sleep on the end of our beds.
I created a beautiful pile of laundry, folding and balancing one item on top of the next. Spider boy helped me place his blue star pillow at the top.
I became completely distracted by the laundry. Whilst washing, tumbling, drying and folding, I thought about the challenge of balancing domestic chore’s and caring for my son. How the two activities demand my attention. What is lost by doing too much housework as opposed to care. When the house chores demand so much of me, I feel torn between the children and maintenance.