Chores. The word strikes fear into the hearts of eleven-year-olds everywhere. Few of us are as clever as Tom Sawyer, who persuaded the other kids in the neighborhood to paint his fence for him by cleverly brandishing an automatic weapon. But the rest of us must do our own laundry, vacuum the rug, mow the lawn, wash the dishes, clean the toilet (see last week’s blog for more on toilets).
When I was a kid I expended huge amounts of energy avoiding doing my chores. I would whine, complain, feign sickness, and sometimes just disappear. I would deliberately do a slow, bad job, hoping that I would be relieved of any future responsibilities. When I got a little older my methods became more subtle. For instance, I would show up just as the dishes were being completed and offer my services. (“Can I dry—oh, you’re already done!”)
It never occurred to me that chores could be fun. Until now, that is. That’s right—I’ve found a way to put the jolly back in laundry! And I want to share it with you, the World. That’s why I’ve made an instructional video, something like the sex education videos we had to watch in middle school, only not quite as funny. Would you like to see it? Of course you would! It’s posted here on my Red Room media page—it’s the one where I seem to be wearing a rooster-head hat. Or you can visit SamBarryTV on YouTube. Enjoy!