I spent the morning cleaning house -- the kitchen first, the bathrooms next, and finally the living room. I try to run the vacuum cleaner when Freckles isn’t in the room, because I know it upsets her. She doesn’t always run down the hall to her room anymore when I turn it on, but I know the noise bothers her ears. How could it not? But, she had remained entrenched in her box all morning, so I hadn’t had a chance to catch a time when she was gone. Therefore, I vacuumed as quickly as I could.
I was dusting the furniture in the living room with my Swiffer Duster (one of the top 10 greatest inventions ever!), when my youngest son called and asked a favor. I thought long and hard about his request, because I knew it would not make Freckles happy. However, a young child’s health was involved, so how could I say no?