Flash Fiction #192


PHOTO PROMPT © Valerie J. Barrett


The more household chores I take on because of the wife’s medical situation, the more I am impressed and amazed at my dear, departed Mother.

Toilets won’t clean themselves. Unattended laundry will not voluntarily enter a washer. My mother ran a house without modern conveniences. Laundry water boiled in a big copper tub on a wood stove. The washing-machine had to be rolled out from a corner. A rinse tub filled with a pail.

Growing up, I thought I ‘did my share’ around the house. I now know that she let me off easy. A woman’s work is never done.


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21 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #192

  1. Kenneth T. says:

    But that’s not fiction!


  2. David Davis says:

    I can’t help but think there’s some non-fiction here.


  3. Rivergirl says:

    Amen to that.
    My mother grew up in a cold water tenement in NYC. Fill the pots, heat your water, fill the tub, empty the tub. No wonder they only bathed now and then.
    The husband’s mother had 9 kids and one ancient wringer washer.
    I think I would have slit my wrists after 2 loads.


  4. Dale says:

    Excellent take, Archon. Most of my flash fiction ain’t fiction at all 😉
    It gives me hope that one day my boys will see what they had…


  5. MythRider says:

    Hard lesson to learn. I don’t know yours wife’s condition. I do hope for your sake that she gets better.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Thanx for the visit and the good wishes, but she will only get worse. Some of it is age-related. She just turned 70. I approach 75. She has OCD, ADHD, insecure narcissism, clinical depression, sleep apnea, fibromyalgia, arthritis and type 2 diabetes. What problems the illnesses don’t cause, the side effects from the medications do. 😯


  6. A good story based on real life, Archon. Well written. I’m sorry to hear your wife has health problems. —- Suzanne


  7. granonine says:

    Kudos to you! Not all husbands see or value the work that is done by their mothers and/or wives. I’m the one who had medical issues, and my dear husband does all he can to relieve me of work that demands I bend, lift, use the stairs, etc. He gets it, too 🙂


  8. Abhijit Ray says:

    You said it right. A lot of work needs to be done to keep the house in order, to feed, clean and look after all the kids and men of the house.


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