And put on an apron.
The kids will be home soon. It is time to get an afternoon snack ready, and to get dinner started soon after that.
Set the table with glasses and plates, and something homemade – biscuits, slice or cake. Something cold to drink in summer, or hot milo in winter.
The kids will sit at the table, but Mum stands in the doorway – with the tea towel over her shoulder. Sometimes with a broom, sometimes with a wooden spoon in hand.
She will ask the kids questions – what did you learn today, do you have homework, have you emptied your lunchbox and put it on the sink, don’t forget to change and get started on your homework. Often the kids volunteer a story from their day – and she will smile as she listens.
Before long, the snack is finished. Time to clear the table and get dinner started. She will wipe her hands on her tea towel and begin.