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The meat loaf and the bike ride.


I made a meat loaf for supper.The pans I used to stir the meat  were on the island and the stove.The dirty breakfast dishes were on the counter by the sink. The dishwasher was ready to be unloaded and reloaded.

My daughter asked me, ” Are you done yet? When can we ride bikes?”

“After I get the meat loaf in the oven I will ride bikes.”

The meatloaf was ready to be put in the oven. My daughter was outside waiting for me. I could clean the kitchen now. I had a few minutes. She couldn’t see what I was doing in the house.

I made a choice.

I put the meatloaf in the oven. I turned my back on the kitchen counters. I walked out the front door, The dishes yelled at my receding back, “Hey, Pamela. Don’t worry about us. We will be right here when you get back.”

I left the kitchen as it was. I wanted my daughter to see I chose her over a clean counter. I could clean the kitchen when it was dark outside. The sun was shining. The time to ride was now.


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • writekimwrite

    You choose wisely. It was the most important thing! I pray for this kind of wisdom! There are so many demands on our time and stopping to prioritize is essential. Love how the dishes cheered you on.

  • showgem

    Love this post. I love the personification of the dishes. I am glad they were on your side.

  • Michelle

    Sometimes it’s just so hard to make that choice, but you did it. Those dishes will still be there time and time again. And your daughter will remember how you made her feel special, how you choose to be with her. A great reminder for myself to let the “stuff” go for now because (unfortunately!) it will be there waiting.

  • nanc

    Hey….yippee….my kitchen loves to look like this:) I love how you do personification. Miss those days with the bikers and me…sometimes I wonder if I made the right choices back then. xo nanc

  • Hooray!!! Great choice! Hope the cleaning fairy elsie mentioned finds your house… but I have a feeling it won’t matter that much to you, you’ll be happy from the time with your daughter and the energy from the bike riding, dirty dishes won’t bother you.

  • Lynn

    Good for you!!!! I always say don’t ever lose the chance to do something important/meaningful…and believe me I am not talking about cleaning the house 😉

  • elsie

    Wise choice! Plus you want to give the cleaning fairy a chance to find your house and help out. When the sun shines you need to ride, you can clean when it is dark outside.