A man came home from work and found his three
children outside, still
in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty
food boxes and wrappers
strewn all around the front yard.
The door of his wife's car was open, as was
the front door to the house
and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding
into the entry, he found
an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked
over, and the throw rug was
wadded against one wall.
In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a
cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and
various items of clothing.
In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink,
breakfast food was spilled on the
counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog
food was spilled on the floor,
a broken glass lay under the table, and a
small pile of sand was spread
by the back door.
He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over
toys and more piles of
clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried
she might be ill, or that
something serious had happened.
He was met with a small trickle of water as it
made its way out the bathroom door.
As he peered inside he found wet towels,
scummy soap and more toys
strewn over the floor.
Miles of toilet paper lay
in a heap and toothpaste had been
smeared over the mirror and walls.
As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife
still curled up in the bed
in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up
at him, smiled, and asked how his day went.
He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What
happened here today?"
She again smiled and answered, "You know every
day when you come home
from work and you ask me what in the world I do
"Yes," was his incredulous reply.
She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it."