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paul fogarty
Live by the motto, die by the lake
Live by the motto, die by the lake
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I asked my 10-year-old daughter (who, I noticed, is just an inch or two shorter than most of the Mums at the other daughter's kindergarten fest on Thursday night) to pick the things up off the floor in her room so I could vacuum. She's unaware that within a year she will be vacuuming it herself and within two years she'll be doing the hallway, stairs, cellar, living room and possibly the neighbours sunroom, not to mention picking me up some snacks from the German bakery, you know, here in Germany. While vacuuming her room just now I realised when I was ten I never even tidied my room. I thought for a second as to why that was. Was I that lazy as a kid of ten?
And then as I was looking around at the rideable horses, the hand-sized horses, the dolls, puppets, princess costumes, woodworking tools, knitting implements, crayons, pencils, glues, paints, half-finished pictures, instructions to games she invented, ideas, pieces of paper with sometimes just a single word scribbled on them, books, albums, CD player, witches broom ala Harry Potter style, beanless bean bag, and countless other things, I realised I never cleaned my room for some very good reasons.
1.) I didn't have a room.
2.) I didn't have shit that would've gone in the room in I didn't have.
3.) Even if I did have a room and shit to go in it I was too busy milkin' cows and shoveling cow shit - which I enjoyed immensely - and other man-boy stuff to have even the idea that I should 'clean' my 'room'.
4.) when I had time to myself I usually would be drawing. So I remember I would have to put that stuff away when I was finished with it. Since I had no room that meant I had to bury it in the back yard when i was finished with it, or swallow it.
5.) some of what I've described here is not actually true.
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