Rosie

This post is in response to The Daily Post’s, “You Robot,” at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/you-robot/.  The instructions are:  Congrats — you’ve been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it?

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(“Rosie,” image courtesy of ufiojones.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/cartoon-black-history-rosie/)

I sat at my desk clicking my pen back and forth, as I pondered what my next post would be for my blog, Silver Threading.  Occasionally, I added another item to the shopping list that I was also working on.  It had been a long weekend.  Chores dominated my days and they were beginning to interfere with my writing.  I had been complaining to my husband that I needed a magic fairy to come over daily to complete all these mundane tasks that I just did not want to do.  My husband just smiled and went back out into the garage where he had been tinkering on a project for days now.

Suddenly, he came into my creative room where I do all my writing with a huge grin on his face.  He said he had a surprise for me.  That usually meant that I would get some tasty tidbit he had prepared for his lunch.  He always shared with me.  The man is a God is all I can say.

Today, he pushed a small robot into the room and stood with his hands on his hips.  “Well, what do you think?” he asked.  I turned in my chair and there before me was the cutest robot maid I had ever seen.  Covered in shiny metal, she sported a starched white apron with a matching white maid’s cap perched on her shiny head.  She moved with wheels that seemed to glide across the floor.  So this was what he had been tinkering with in the garage I thought.

“What chore do you hate the most?” he inquired.  I hated laundry and he knew I did.  Just yesterday, I had ranted about having to do the laundry this weekend – again.  You would think they would have created disposable clothing by now, I had fumed.

My husband pushed a remote in his hand and “Rosie” slid across the floor and stood before me.  “I am Rosie,” she said.  “I am your laundry fairy!”  He pushed another button on the remote control and off Rosie went to load the washing machine.  She seemed to know the difference between dark clothes, white clothes, and colored clothes, as she sorted nice round piles on the floor.

Rosie added the first load of dirty laundry, the washing liquid, and she even added the right amount of fabric softener to the washing machine.  She waited patiently while the machine cleaned the clothes.  At the end of the cycle, Rosie promptly removed that load and put it into the clothes dryer with a dryer sheet to prevent static cling.  She chose the correct setting and started the dryer.  At the end of the drying cycle Rosie folded and hung the clothes.  Then she put all of them away in the closet and in our dressers.

I was in ecstasy!  I finally had my laundry fairy!  Now, I could write my blog to my heart’s content and not be bothered with the laundry anymore.  And to think that my husband made this for me!  I told you he was a God, didn’t I?  Now what was that idea I had for my blog…

Author: Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger’s hexastich, Abhanga, and diatelle poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems,” and in various other online publications. She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly 99-word flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com, an online writing community. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for Carrot Ranch. Colleen has published a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Colleen Chesebro’s poetry blog is called Word Craft – Prose & Poetry at https://wordcraftpoetry.com/ Her author blog is found at https://colleenchesebro.com where you will find her poetry and short stories.

23 thoughts on “Rosie”

  1. I really enjoyed this Colleen…very clever idea. I too get annoyed by the domestic duties that get in the way of my writing. But, I do love doing the laundry. I don’t like the ironing though. I must have a relatively clean house or I can’t settle, or be creative in any shape or form.
    It’s not fair, we do these boring mundane chores and then they need doing all over again! I bargain with myself that I if I do some cleaning, then I can play with my writing etc.

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    1. So true. I wrote this and read it to my husband. He is still laughing. After raising 5 kids and doing tons of laundry that is still my least favorite chore. I too have started the bargaining thing. Most times it works. LOL!

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  2. I love this! I don’t mind doing the washing or the ironing but I hate putting it away. I am also not a fan of cleaning so I think I would have to have my robot do that – especially the bathrooms! 🙂

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      1. Yes, it seemed like it was. Just imagine what it would be like if we could have robots to do our bidding and have all that time just to write – ah.. heaven 🙂

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  3. I’m not sure there’s anything I *hate*, hometending-wise (and calling it hometending rather than chores really helps me to put positive spin on it).

    I do seem to be the only one in the family who routinely folds and puts away the laundry, but, at 10 and just shy of 13, my kids are more willing and able to pitch in…

    What we could really use around here is a robot with a capacity for designing a structure of organization loose enough for the four creative types who live under this roof, but organized enough that we could quickly eradicate excess clutter….

    And, if that robot could ALSO handle the job of rehoming outgrown toys and clothing, and procuring new clothes that fit these constantly growing young people – especially my son, who loathes clothes and shoe shopping, and would rather step into a hornet’s nest!

    You’ve also given me a great idea for a blogpost of my own, so thank you! =)

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    1. You are welcome. I am glad that I helped to inspire you. This was a fun prompt. For we women there are so many hated chores. I really cannot fuss. My husband pitches in and always has. I just want to write is my problem. Thanks for your great comments. Sounds like you have a fabulous family. 🙂

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      1. *I just want to write is my problem.*

        I sooo know what you mean! My husband pitches in, too, and so do the kids, after their own fashion, and we get through.

        They do make up for the clutter by being amazing people. I’m blessed, even if I do wish I could literally write all day…

        I have found that repetitive tasks are excellent when I’m brainstorming.

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  4. I like your story very much. It’s so fun and makes me wish it were real for you and maybe us other folks if he’d market the wonderful machines. lol
    I agree about the laundry. I muse to my husband quite often as to how our laundry seems to reproduce on it’s own.
    I always wanted a robot like the Rosie, she would be awesome.

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  5. This is brilliant! I’m literally crying with laughter! Thank you for the giggle. ST your hubby sounds majorly hot and dangerously creative, a definite keeper! So happy you’ve got your Rosey 😁 LOVE it!

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