“And then!” Momma said, her eyes
smiling mischievously, knowing Grandmother was thinking of all the hard work
ahead, “we clean out the pantry and inventory what we have. We clean out the
freezer and defrost it enough to wash
the inside while we keep all the frozen
food in coolers and make a list of what
we have in the freezer and what needs to
be eaten soon,” Momma reminded Lucie.
“I remember that. My hands got so
cold they hurt!” Lucie said and smiled at
the memory of Grandmother warming
Lucie’s little red hands by holding them.
“And to finish off the kitchen we end
up on the floor!” Grandmother said with
a laugh. “We scrub the toe-kicks, the
area under the cupboards; we scrub each
nook and cranny on the floor where all
the dust and grime tend to stick and stay.
We scrub the floor until it shines, and
then we put two or three layers of wax
on to keep it nice and clean and shiny. I
really do enjoy a nicely waxed floor—
always have. It somehow cheers a home to
see the floor so clean, even if the floor is
strewn with toys and children!” Grandmother said, tugging gently on one of
Lucie’s braids. Lucie was often sprawled
on the living room floor playing with her
toys, so she knew just what Grandmother
was talking about.
“And then on to the other rooms, each
one in turn, until the whole house is clean,
shining, and smells nice. And then, we rest
and enjoy all our hard work. It is much
easier to keep a home clean when you
clear out the clutter and do a deep spring
cleaning every year. And a clean, neat, organized home makes everyone happier,
healthier, and welcome,” Grandmother
said, snuggling up with Lucie on the
porch swing. “Working hard also makes
the rest afterwards more enjoyable, don’t
you think so, Lucie?” Grandmother asked.
Lucie didn’t answer. Her mouth was
full of sugar cookies, but Lucie’s eyes
twinkled in agreement.
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*”Lucie’s Spring Cleaning,” Part 1, appeared in
the March 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse®