Working Girl

(Apparently, I’m having an all-about-Ane week around here.  That’s okay – she usually gets the short end of the blogging stick between her brothers’ antics.)

Ane has become quite known at church as a little helper in the kitchen.  There was a video lesson series on Monday nights for a couple of months called Alpha, and the Webmaster ran video and sound for it.  A big part of the meetings was having dinner beforehand.  A chef who is part of our church volunteered his time to cook, and Ane got adopted into the kitchen crew as a little gopher/helper.

Last Sunday, she and I were both helping out at the goodbye party for our outgoing children’s director.  As she was drying dishes at the end of the evening, she turned to me and said, “Why don’t you ever let me clean in the kitchen at home?”

“You are washing the floor tomorrow morning,” I said immediately.

She was thrilled.

And I kept my word.

After swimming lessons that day, she then cleaned the kitchen floor at Grandma and Gichan’s.  When Gichan heard that she was getting to clean the kitchen floor, he told her that she could use their steam Shark and clean their floor.  She was pretty excited to use that.  Grandma checked the floor when she was done (and had gone out to play), and commented that it wasn’t as clean as it would have been if she had done it, but “it’s cleaner than it was!”

So, we are adding washing the kitchen floor to Ane’s list of weekly chores.  I like seeing that list grow.  Besides the floor, it includes keeping her own room clean, dusting in the living room, helping with laundry (she folded a basket of diapers for me last week), and helping/watching Rerun when asked.

She’s really starting to earn that 70-cent-a-week allowance.

4 Responses to “Working Girl”

  1. Ressis
    July 20th, 2011 05:50

    Does Ane make house-calls?

  2. Grandma
    July 20th, 2011 06:19

    She was so excited while I was getting the “shark” ready, exclaiming, “this is the first time I get to use something on T.V!” Oh, the lure of advertising…

  3. Cousin Shelley
    July 20th, 2011 09:36

    70 cents? I’m getting robbed!

  4. Aunt Mary
    July 20th, 2011 18:46

    Enjoy it while you can! Before you know it, the price goes up and the attitude goes the opposite direction! 🙂