July 21st 2011 12:23 am
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My mum will never win 'Housekeeper of the Year' award but our home is a happy one and there are some things that she always does do. We always have clean bowls, her bed is made every day and when she is done with her clothes in the laundry basket they go. And yet....
At first she just looked bemused at finding clothes on the floor and then she started muttering "Am I going mad?" and then yesterday she caught me.
I love the laundry basket. It is made of wicker which us cats love as you can sharpen your claws on it and I like to break bits off and play with them. When I was smaller I would sometimes climb in but since then I have found something new to do. I can fish stuff out.
I thrust my paw in and grab something. If it's heavy like jeans I have to let go but if it light like tights I can get it out. There is something deepy satisfying about feeling the initial tug turn in to a smooth pull and finally a flurry of fabric as the thing falls to the floor. Once that part is over they don't have much entertainment value so there they stay.
And then there is the hilarity of watching my mum trying to work out how she was sure the thing had been in the basket and there it was on the floor and how this had happened. She knew she wasn't in the habit of throwing dirty clothes down there but the evidence was all there.
The good news for me is that she was so relieved that she wasn't channelling some inner sloven and casting things where they fell and it was me all along that I am not in trouble. Although she did say she wishes I wouldn't be pulling the laundry basket to bits but we've already had that conversation and I've agreed not to do it when she's looking so it doesn't upset her so much.
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I think you might have to add this to the list of things you do when you're mum isn't looking. If you get to be my age that list is quiet long. But at least one good thing has come out of all this your mum isn't going mad after all.
I understand completely. I LOVE to find a sock or Jen's unnerwears. I drag them up the stairs, from the laundry room, and leave 'em by the front door. Ah, such a feeling of accomplishment!
dood...yur mum wooda REEEELY been surprized ta find sum one eles' clothes on de floor .... may bee ewe can ask de naybor for a pair oh socks ore sumthin N try it just onze !!!