Friday, 28 December 2007

Poor Sisyphus

Poor Sisyphus... I'm starting to think I know how he felt.

I'm an organised person and a hard worker, but what does that count for when chaos runs against me and the work has no end?

The house wilfully slides into disarray on an almost daily basis, the two-year-old wreaks havoc without even meaning to (the worst havoc is preceded by the dreaded words: "I help"), the laundry piles up despite my obsession with seeing the bottom of the hamper... and I'm not even mentioning all the business-related work or household "admin" issues, or the fact that I'm actually meant to play with said toddler. There's no rest.

I grew up in a family of seven in a tiny old house, and I'm starting to see with alarming clarity why our mum sometimes declared there was absolutely no point in the struggle. "Why buy food?" she'd sometimes ask no one in particular. "It'll only get eaten."

I could carry on, but I have to go. Sisyphus needs help with this rock.


  1. Oh a woman's work is never done, yes? Yet we must act as adults and take care of the chores before we ultimately go mad! I hope a few minutes of relaxation with some warm tea (or whatever your beverage of choice may be!) open up for you soon.

  2. That was so beautiful and poignant. I'm so glad I'm not the only person who obsesses about this.

  3. Mine has always been - why bother cleaning ... ?
    Yeah, it gets overwhelming sometimes.

  4. I relate. I spent the entire day-at least 6 hrs cleaning house. I think I'm waiting for that sense of accomplishment that will never be

  5. Very beautiful post!I like your blog!

  6. I loved the part about followed by "Me help"

    I'm really glad my only child is 11 now tho my house is still a disaster.

    Cat (artsy)

  7. I love your mom's comment. I have two small boys and can only imagine what it will be like when they're teenagers. Yes the battle to beat back the tide is neverending. Alas.

  8. I give you so much credit, I feel the same way as you but there is no child involved. To do it all and raise Berry must be tough but you certainly seem to pull it off :) Besides, a clean house is just a sign of boredom anyway!