Tell me your Every Day Care stories
By the time I was eleven years old, I was already helping around the house. My dad worked two jobs and back then, in that generation, it was considered safe and acceptable for kids my age to take public transportation to and from school. I always got home before dad did. And to spare him to have to make dinner after a long day, I started washing the rice and getting it ready in the rice cooker. After that I learned how to marinate the meat and prepare it to be wok-steamed. On the weekends I helped out with the cleaning. At 14 I was ironing my dad’s shirts for work. At 16 I was expected to drive my ma around to her appointments and for groceries. And her mahjong games.
These were my chores. And they were set out for me, at the time, so that I would learn how to contribute to our home, and appreciate how that contribution strengthens family. As an adult, that contribution led to my independence. And now, that contribution has turned into care. My ma lives with an incurable disease and disability. As her only child, it’s on me to assist dad in making her life as comfortable as possible. This includes housework and household tasks – habits and routines I’ve been familiar with all my life because I’ve been doing it all my life.
Chores were a big part of my upbringing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. A story similar to mine has probably played out in your life, too. I want to hear about it.
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