Saturday, December 7, 2013

Toy iron

toy iron,
miniature kitchen ...
who'd have known
my penchant for housework
would end with childhood?

—GUSTS, #17, Spring/Summer 2013

11 comments:

  1. I love this one--a gentle irony (pun intended) that I'm betting most women can relate to!

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  2. Thanks, Jenny (how punny!) and Audrey. :)

    Many, while they don't love housework, are "better" at it than I am. But I think I would like a clean, orderly house (so would someone else I know, lol).

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  3. This is just lovely - and oh so true. It brought back a lot of memories of days spent wishing for a kitchen of my very own to clean - Eeech!

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  4. What were they trying to teach us back then?! ;) Thanks, Wendy.

    I had a small green metal cabinet w/metal dishes, plus an oven; I think my father gave me that when I was four. I later bought a pink metal sink/cabinet, with "running" water, using money I'd saved in my Mickey Mouse bank; and in second grade I got a washing machine from Santa that also kind of worked.

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  5. P.S. Another Christmas I was given a small ironing board - and toy iron!

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  6. This is right-on. Though what I remember best is a doll sized tea set which mostly stayed in its box. My dolls weren't into tea. Did I already know that what is used must be cleaned?

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  7. Perfect. I think most little girls love to play "House," thinking keeping a clean house and cooking are sooooo much fun. Ha Ha....I was wrong about the cleaning part, but not the cooking. I've always enjoyed that.

    Adelaide.

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  8. thanks for your comments, ellen and adelaide. I wanted everything in its place back then (training from my father, I believe). now, I still think I want that - but so many things are not in their place, or they have no place at all! I was given an easy bake oven when I was around 9, which I loved. I made up half my recipes. I enjoyed cooking special, elaborate meals when I was in my 20s (despite the lack of time I had back then with long work hours). But now, blecchh, too much work, and I have to watch what I eat anyway.

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  9. Haha! I agree this is perfect! One of the best tanka I've read. So true, this.

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  10. This one seems to be going over pretty well ... I'm kind of surprised; it's such a simple write. Anyway, thanks, Jennifer and everyone else!

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