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Hey there! It’s morning again.
The morning bed tea is waiting. The milk packets are lying unattended outside the door. Ah! Is there no one to boil them? The newspaper is looking for someone to pick it up. The garbage guy rang the bell, but no one replied. The vegetable vendor too waited in vain.
The kitchen wears a deserted look. The utensils are lying bare, waiting to be cleaned and bathed in water for a fresh look. Yesterday’s milk is lying in the fridge; the quintessential ‘malai’ waiting to be transferred to its respective container, the rest of the milk waiting to be curdled. The RO hasn’t been switched on, the water bottles are empty.
The vegetables are waiting to be chopped, cooked and disposed off into the lunch boxes. The flour waiting to be kneaded into a dough. The eggs, oats and the butter toast waiting to be consumed for the first meal of the day. Oh, yes I mean the breakfast.
What is it with the rooms? The blankets haven’t been folded; the bed sheets haven’t been reset. The cushions are lying on the floor and the pillows on the couch…as if orphans. The side tables haven’t been cleared yet; an unfinished glass of water, a hand towel, the phone chargers, keys, remotes and what not.
The dust is resting peacefully on the furniture, curtains and on the doors and windows. Won’t it be wiped? The rooms need to be cleaned. The broom it seems has an off today, laying comfortably in the backyard and so does the mop; smiling coz it might not be squeezed today. It’s his dry day.
The plants too might have a dry day, no one to water them. The ‘presswala’ will leave without the potli of clothes to be ironed. What? Is there no one to hand over them to him? The dirty clothes might go through the same fate. They might not get a chance to swing in their favorite washing machine. It’s their off too I guess. So they will be lying clustered in their smelly laundry basket. Poor clothes!
Who will fetch the kids from the school bus stop? Who will feed them? Who will get their homework and projects done? Who will take them for tuition and their activity classes?
No lunch and no dinner….what’s wrong with the house today?
Oh! I see. It’s just a day without the ‘woman of the house’!
Things are lying unattended, here and there, the household chores unfinished. There is no one to cater to every nook & corner of the house. There is no one to attend to the man of the house and no one to look after the children.
And then you question the woman of the house, “What do you do all day”?