When there were 3 of us left at home, Mum made a roster and stuck it to the fridge. There were three different jobs:
– dry up and put away
– clear and stack
This roster lasted us many years. We hoped for Clear and Stack – the easiest job. We hated Dry Up and Put Away – it took the longest.
But as Mum always said, the best conversations happen while you’re doing another chore.
So each night, two of us were forced to spend time together in the kitchen. And although it is only now we admit it, we had our best conversations. I remember helping my little brother with his love life and my little sister with a bullying teacher. I remember them making me laugh when I was stressed out about exams.
Mum would pretend to be watching TV, but really she would be listening and smiling on the inside.
It was exactly what we all needed.