Quit fooling, Mom. What’s really going on?


My children were really amusing me. And I mean that with the utmost sarcasm.

“Who’s coming over?” one asked.

“No one,” I said.

“Then why are you doing that?”

“What do you mean? I do this all the time!” I said.

“Oh, we’re having company?” chimed in another.

“No!” I said firmly.

“Yeah, right. Who is it?” asked the first child.

What was I doing to elicit such a response from my children?


-Mary, mother of 4

7 responses »

  1. I clean house from attic to basement and all the closets and cupboards too. One never knows if a guest might inspect my dresser drawers.


    • Wow, good for you, Teresa. I’m afraid I’m more apt to be asked these same questions by my children when I clean! Perhaps I should hire you to come over! The good news is I only have one floor! (In which case, what’s my excuse?!)


  2. Glad to know I’m not the only one who’s heard this from her children. Actually, I remember saying it once to my mom, too. I guess it’s the “Mother’s Curse”, having children just like me!


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  4. Omigosh–I thought I was the only one who had ever heard this! One time when my kids were (much) younger, I looked at the house and thought, “I can’t stand it! Something must be done!” So I started assigning chores: “You–vacuum. You–dust. You–pick up those toys.” When one of the kids asked me, “Who’s coming over?”, I knew it was time to clean more often.


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