This Week’s Writing Prompt

by Amanda Benson

This morning before I even slid out of bed, I took a mental inventory of the tasks awaiting my attention. Most were innocuous household chores like planning this week’s dinner menu and grocery list, loading the dishwasher, and bathing the dog.

However, as I walked into my closet, I locked eyes with a longstanding foe: Mount Laundry. How could I forget? I glared at the overflowing hamper of dirties, socks mocking me as they dangled over the edge. More insulting than that, though, were the two brimming baskets of clean clothes from the last time I did laundry. They never stood a chance of making it into drawers and onto hangers.

I’ve always had a distaste for laundry—not so much the washing and drying, or sorting whites and colors. But the folding and putting away? I can’t stand it. From my earliest memories of doing laundry, I’ve always avoided these last two steps.

Now, I chuckle as I walk into my son’s room and see his own basket of clean clothes sitting there day after day, falling into wrinkled oblivion. My daughter? She knocks it all out in one afternoon, gleefully folding her T-shirts Marie Kondo-style. She certainly didn’t inherit that from me!

What about you? What was your most dreaded chore when you were a child or young adult or even today? Write about it using the prompts below as memory triggers.

        • Describe the chore in detail.
        • Why did you dislike doing this? What made it so terrible?
        • How often did you have to take care of this chore?
        • Did you try to get out of doing this chore? How so?
        • Was this a job you shared with a sibling?
        • Is this something you still hate doing?

Share your response in the comments section below.

All posts in response to our writing prompts in October will be entered into a drawing. The winner will have the opportunity to submit a guest post to be published in the next Writing Your Life monthly newsletter:  either a feature article of 500 words or less on a topic to be determined or the weekly writing prompt.

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GROWING UP Suppertime. What a production! And every night the same long process. I have things to do; too many things to do. There’s the biology report. I don’t have a clue of how to read Hester Prynne’s character. Can’t we get going on the dishes and finish quickly for once! And, so it goes, the traditional nightly ritual of the family meal around the supper table. It’s a long process, and it means everyone has a job in the production. Mom starts about 5 pm by gathering 2 available kids to peel enough potatoes for nine people. Under her… Read more »

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