What Do You Do All Day?

Morning Story and Dilbert

vintage Dilbert
January 24, 2015

Patrick came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front garden.

The door of his wife, Valerie’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding into the hall, Patrick found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the rug was piled up against one wall. In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the worktop, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

Patrick quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for Valerie. He was worried she might be ill, collapsed, that something serious had happened.

He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and sink.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found Valerie still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went.

Patrick looked at Valerie, bewildered and asked, ‘What happened here today?’

Valerie again smiled and answered, ‘You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me sarcastically what in the world I do all day?’

‘Yes,’ was Patrick’s startled reply.

Valerie answered, ‘Well, today, I didn’t do it.’

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  1. 1jaded1 said:

    I’ve heard this one before and it still makes me smile.


  2. This was an awesome post! I have been asked “what do I do all day” and it does irk me. I should try NOT doing anything and then they will know actually how much I do get done in a day! I can so relate to this. Thanks!

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  3. onemunchingmomma said:

    Nothing like a little perspective…


  4. Reminds me of Mother Teresa. She says we are not here to do great things, but small things with great love. All of those things individually were small things and the mom does each one with her great love. My how we must open our eyes to notice God there in the most simple ways!! This was priceless, thank you !


  5. God bless every stay-at-home parent who must repeat mindless tasks day after day in order to maintain a household and raise the children! They are true heroes. Why is it that the Patricks of the world cannot see that?!


  6. Megan said:

    Uh-huh! I’ve had days that I’ve seriously considered doing similar 😉


  7. I have never heard this one before, it was a fun read. I really enjoyed it ^_^


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