Ah, Chores…

by Nancy Casey

Chores are jobs that we do for ourselves. Sometimes little, sometimes big. Sometimes we like them and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we dread them, but we usually like it when they are done. Today, write about one or more of the chores that you do.

Get started by thinking about all the work that gets done by you on your own behalf. Indoor chores and outdoor ones. Seasonal chores, like shoveling snow or weeding a garden. Washing-and-cleaning chores: clothes, fingernails, furniture, the floor.

Morning chores. Evening chores. Chores for special occasions.

What jobs do you do for yourself because you know that nobody is going to magically appear and do them for you?

Maybe you do chores on behalf of others. If you live with other people, you might have agreements about chores. If you have children, one of your chores might be to teach them how to do their chores.

As you reflect on all the different things you have to say about chores, set up your page. Draw a line at the top of the page where the title will go so you are certain to have a place to put it when you have finished writing. Set aside some space for drawing or doodling if you like.

If you can’t decide what to write, begin by scribbling or drawing. That can help your mind relax so you can think more clearly. When a thought about chores pops into your mind, write it down and see where it takes you. Don’t be too fussy about how you start. One idea usually leads to another one.

You can explain what the chore is, how you do it, why it’s important, whether you like to do it or not–whatever comes to mind.

When you feel like you’ve written enough, stop. If there’s still room on the page, fill it with drawing or decoration.

When the page is full, look it over carefully and make small changes if you like. When a title idea floats to the surface of your mind, write it at the top of the page.

Write the date on the page too, along with a signature or your initials.

Here is an example of what someone could write.

You can share your work by posting it as a comment below. You can type it in, or take a photo of it and upload the image.

Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here. If you would like some help with your writing, or just some encouragement,  contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Center.

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