Share Your World — 03/06/2023

Share Your World

Di, at Pensitivity101, is our host for Share Your World each week. Here are her SYW questions for this week.

1. Does your spouse/partner (or do you) help with the household chores?

Normally my wife and I share the chores around the house that need doing. However, since I fell and broke my hip and shoulder in January when I was up on a ladder cleaning my gutters, my wife has had to assume responsibility for most of the chores. At least until I’m once again able-bodied.

2. What is your least favorite chore?

I can now say without hesitation that getting up on a ladder to clean my gutters of debris is my least favorite chore. And it’s a chore that, from now on, I will hire someone to do for me.

3. As a kid, did you have to do chores to earn your pocket money/allowance?

Yes, I had to make my bed and keep my room clean. In the summer, I had to cut the grass. In the fall, rake the leaves. In the winter, shovel the snow from the sidewalk and driveway. In the spring, weed the beds. And yes, my allowance was predicated on doing those chores at my home. But I supplemented my allowance by cutting the grass, raking the leaves, and shoveling the snow for other homes in my neighborhood.

4. Did you save any of your pocket money or spend it all?

My father encouraged me to put aside and save one-third of my allowance or whatever money I earned doing chores for neighbors. I spent the other two-thirds of my allowance on comic books, baseball trading cards, and shit like that.


I am grateful that the chaos of having a houseful of HVAC technicians for most of last week installing my new heat pump is over. The installation was successful, my house is nice and toasty, and it’s once again just me, my wife, and our dog. Yay!

5 thoughts on “Share Your World — 03/06/2023

  1. Marilyn Armstrong March 6, 2023 / 2:27 pm

    I had chores — but I didn’t get paid. Mom felt we should do what was needed just like SHE did.

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  2. Marleen March 6, 2023 / 2:40 pm

    The only allowance I had was meant to cover school lunches — with no more than five dollars, if that, per week during the school year to spare [usually nothing spare while this wasn’t in the fifties or sixties or early to mid seventies]. I went to demanding private schools. I kept my room straightened, plus not infrequently cleaned our full bathroom and sometimes cleaned the kitchen (including scrubbing the floor). Occasionally vacuumed the first floor (always vacuumed my own room). I wasn’t asked to do more than this with any regularity, and I did most of what I did do upon self-motivation (rarely needing to be reminded and never being reminded about the kitchen as I wasn’t in fact asked to do this at all). I’d say I’m grateful I wasn’t required to do dishes or any yard work or actually even asked to do these. However, raking leaves during autumn with my dad was fun… as was sledding and the like in winter. All this probably led to my approach with my children. They didn’t have “allowances” either, but I outright paid them for specific household (inside and outside) jobs. My mom had been too dismissive. I additionally handed them cash for fun or bought them stuff just because. Turns out they are not spoiled.

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