The sink was piled high with dirty dishes: I looked at all the housework needing attention …



After a restless night, I threw laundry into the washer and approached the kitchen sink to attend to a pile of dirty dishes. I looked around at all the housework needing attention and wondered how I would ever cope with everything as the practical side of life had gotten out of control since my husband passed away. I glanced at the headlines of the newspaper which were as depressing as always. Reading the paper would most definitely not cheer me up, so, I called a good friend and we decided to meet at a nearby coffee shop,. I was quite sure that the housework would still be there on my return.

A handsome man entered the coffee shop and sat down all alone at a window seat.. I could not help staring at him. He seemed different, somehow, and extremely good looking. After a while, he noticed my attention and walked directly toward me. Before I could apologize for being so rude, he leaned over and whispered. “I’ll do anything, absolutely anything you want me to do … for 50 bucks. But, there is one condition. Surprised, yet intrigued, I asked what the condition was.

His reply; “Tell me exactly what it is that you want me to do … but in three words only.”

I considered his proposition for a moment, then, very slowly, I removed a $50 bill from my purse, pressed it into his hand, looked deeply into his eyes barely managing to conceal my excitement and said; “ CLEAN MY HOUSE.”

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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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