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The Shadow Workshop [1] : Ants & housework

Memory is funny. I would have sworn that the first time I tried my own do-it-yourself Clarion West Write-a-thon was the first year I applied, but didn’t get in — 2002. But I also keep notebooks, and discovered that my memory is faulty. My first “Clarion Rejects Write-a-thon” was actually in 2004, which was the second time I applied but didn’t get in. My goal was to write six short stories in six weeks, which was the Clarion West Challenge as I understood it. I did manage to write six — things. Most of them weren’t stories so much as…

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The drunken layabout husband’s guide to housework

The Internet has already had its fun with the confessional essay written by the drunken layabout husband I like to think of as flooded-with-awe dude. I felt moved to comment, but it took me a couple of weeks (roughly a million years Internet time) to figure out what I wanted to say about it. To recap, FWA dude was on paternity leave, and “Since his [the baby’s] care was taken care of by his mother — whose apparent willingness and capacity to do almost everything for him flooded me with awe — I spent those nine months trying not to…

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The case for growing up and grabbing a broom

A New York Times essay attempts to make The Case for Filth: A recent, large cross-national study on the subject by an Ohio State sociologist found that “women’s housework did not decline significantly and men’s housework did not increase significantly after the mid-1980s in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.” [..] So why won’t men pick up a broom? Why won’t they organize a closet? Beats me. And, frankly, I’m DYING for a plausible answer to that question. At least one thing is becoming clear: The only possible solution to the housework discrepancy is for everyone to…

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On being an adult

Paul: I learned to do specific, useless household chores as a kid. Like iron towels. Julie: My mom asked me to help fold towels once. Then she told me to stop because I was doing it wrong. I don’t think I ever did anything around the house again. Just this morning, Paul and I were talking about household chores, and then later I ran into this essay about how we all need to learn to do domestic adult-type things. [ Be an adult… learn to cook] This inspired me to locate and publish this partially completed essay started about a…

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