In my family, I wander the halls like a troubled spirit, 👻 picking up socks, clearing away bits of paper, and lobbing out tasks into the void with little hope of a response: ‘Please put these books away.’ ‘Can you move your underwear from the dining table to your dresser?’
Sometimes I encounter silence. Sometimes I encounter temporary deafness, or headphones, or a bluetooth with an endless podcast loop (ah the world of the intellect, so far above the mundane world of household chores).
Sometimes, the more skilled players silence me with “I’ll do it later” (which really means “I won’t do it, but I won’t say that I won’t do it, which means you can’t get mad”).
I lob my tasks out there, hoping to play Catch.
Instead I find my family perpetually playing Dodgeball with my lobbed tasks. I’m playing one game, they’re playing another.
What game does your family play?