Sunday, August 19, 2018

Empathy for my Mom's need to dust every day!

I grew up in Champaign, IL and at the time where our house was located was near to fields. As with most people in the 1950s we did not have air conditioning. In fact we had one floor fan and as you may know, Illinois in the summer is quite hot and humid so all windows were open all day long. The dust from the fields blew in and Mom dusted the entire house every day until cold weather hit. I thought she was a bit obsessive!

Now that I live near fields where the wind blows and the weather means you often have the screen doors open, I have more empathy! We have air conditioning so I don't dust every day but way more often then I had to in Atlanta and I really don't like it.

This morning I went out to sweep a small patio on the side of our house that bears the brunt of the winds (not to mention dropping pine needles) and it is amazing how much true dirt was there. Enough whining - or is it empathy?


  1. We have darker coloured wood furniture and I could dust every other day.
    I keep decluttering my surfaces to make the job easier but the task is ongoing.

    1. I hear you on that! I'm learning to not look too closely.

  2. I sweep our medium dark wood floors almost daily as well, Juhli, but still I don't mind it too much compared to vacuuming . . . so happy I'll never have to vacuum again!

    It's crazy to think all the dust I sweep up endlessly used to be hiding in my carpeting. Eek!

    1. Good point! We have some carpeting for the first time in 30 years and between the dog and our shoes it is already needing cleaning again.


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