What Jazzy Does


My pre-teen boy came home from school the other day and very bravely, but potentially stupidly, dared to tread where others, far older and wiser, know better than to tread.

He asked me a question.

A question no doubt that others would also love to know the answer to but are way too afraid to ask.

A question, it was clear, that he'd been meaning to ask for quite some time but was only now brave enough getting around to asking.

'Mum' says he quizzically, 'what do you do all day when I'm at school?'

(The emphasis was on all and the question mark was loaded, meaning what could you possibly be doing for all that time?)

Ahem...

'Well' said I, pausing to dampen down my naturally rising bristles at his innocent audacity. Well, he is still only 12, he knows no better. The ways of women have yet to be explained to him... and I would love to be a fly on the wall when that conversation takes place. Or maybe not!

I considered how best to answer him, taking a quick glance around to see if I had actually done any housework that day, housework apparently being the only obvious, visible proof of the work of a stay-at-home-mum. Harrumph ........

I think I told him something like: I made beds, tidied up, fed the cats, went shopping to get the dinner in, did some computer work (earning me an eye-roll) and all the time looking forward to seeing him after school. He loved the last bit but, apart from the eye roll, I think I lost him after my bed-making!

I may as well just  have said 'nothing much son, just waited for you to come home'!

I didn't expand on my computer 'work', though I do fondly recall a time, in my other life, when I used to tell people they should text me if they'd sent me an email. This busy SAHM was far too busy for all that online malarkey, you see.

My, how the - barely clean - tables have turned as more of my time is now spent online! Although I do keep up with the necessities I wouldn't welcome the Housework Police to my home. They needn't waste their time on any surveillance either. No point as they wouldn't be able to see in thorough the windows! You know in my world my windows are like my eyebrows. I never attend to them because I never notice them, even when I'm looking at them straight in the eye, so to speak.

So, what exactly does this housework-shy Jazzy actually do all day then?

Well apart from the bare essential household duties, attending my beloved Curves gym, occasionally meeting pals for coffee/lunch, I drink copious amounts of tea whilst sitting with my laptop on my knee with cat purring and budgie chirping happily nearby. Total bliss.

The Social Media Police, on the other hand would be most welcome to visit. I'd even make them tea but there'd be no Stepford Wife home bakes!

My fascination with online activities started off with facebook, this blog then twitter and I enjoy all three. I thoroughly enjoy sharing all my random ruminations with you here and hope you enjoy reading. It's cathartic for me, I get to share and preserve times that are important to me and some frivolous ones too, just for fun. When I blog about something serious it feels really good to offload.

And last year, just in case I got bored like, I voluntarily took over the social media for the iPhones4Autism-ie campaign. I am delighted to be able to contribute to this important campaign. In fact this week my 'computer work' was mainly working on raising awareness at this crucial time with the launch of the iPhone 5.

I see all those iPhone-mad people queuing for hours for this new product and I scream at the TV: Give us yer oul' iPhones!! If only 1% of them donated their old phones think of the difference it could make to many children with Autism or Special needs?

In the very near future I will also be involved with the social media for another cause close to my heart! This one is completely different and I really look forward to it.

In January I will don my dancing shoes once more and choreograph another teen school-show. If the Housework Police could see through my windows then they would snatch a glimpse of a demented Jazzy with hoover in one hand, duster in the other, ear-phones in ear, trying out dance steps as she attends to her housework duties and taps out a few keystrokes on her dilapidated laptop!

Of course none of this is of any concern to pre-teen boy.  Apparently, not only do I not do anything much  at all all day I'm also 'the food person'! 

I like to think though, like others similar to me, I'm a stay-at-home-mum that does more than it says on the tin.

I'm certainly more than just 'the food person'!

If  you're a stay-at-home-mum reading this then I know better than to ask you what you do all day ;-)

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16 comments:

  1. My answer to that question as a "SAHM" myself, is as follows: "Well, I'm lucky enough to live in a self-cleaning house, and clothes are laundered, meals are cooked, lifts are given, bills are paid, by someone, so I spend all day on the sofa, reading magazines and eating chocolate"!! The question does not arise again. High Five to all the SAHM's and SAHD's everywhere :)) Great post, Val :)

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  2. I'm only a sahm on 2 days but I have to confess to spending lots of times on Twitter and Mumsnet! Its our secret

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  3. I am so glad the house keeping police can't see in my windows either..Mine have all wondered what it is that I "do"..Sam was the only one who dared using sarcasm when he asked. He quickly learned by my reaction to the question-that his life would be very uncomfortable without my being a SAHM...Of course I may have exaggerated things a bit...like saying "I put a new roof on the house" or "solved the worlds energy crisis"...but he doesn't need to know that...:0

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  4. @Colette: Fantastic answer....love it! I often threaten to stop doing all the 'nothing' I do and then let them find out exactly all I do!

    @Anonymous: Glad you enjoyed Aud, sure we have to have a laugh at it!

    @The mum of all trades: Mum's the word ;-)

    @kathleen: hahaha! That is very true though, life for all would be harder if we weren't there. I really do not to stay at home, don't I ;-)

    Thanks for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  5. hey jazzy
    thats fantastic we were always told there was a little man that took the laundry from the basket ...ie if it was put there to the machine then to the hotpress pure magic did he not live in your house he was a great man in ours ha ha ..
    cheers dec xx

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  6. @Anonymous: Thanks Dec. 'The little Man', eh? He's magic alright but in our house I usually blame him on all the things that I.. I mean that get lost! He lives in the attic I believe & comes out when no-one's looking and magically squirrels things away! I wish he could do some household chores while he's at it!

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  7. There are some jobs you can't understand or explain until you do them yourself, SAHM is one of them. BTW, I'd be happy to write an iphones4autism post, just let me know. I assume all the information is on your website.

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  8. @Midlife Singlemum: You are so right, and it's only when the work ISN'T done that the true worth of the person doing it is realised ;-)

    Thank you SO much for your very kind offer. Even though the campaign is Irish based I'll take you up on it...it might spark similar campaigns in other counties :-)The link to the blog (which for now is also the website) is embedded in 'iPhones4Autism-ie' in this post, just click on it. I'll send you the link later on any way.

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  9. It must be the time of year that brings out this question :) People assume that SAHM's have hours of 'free' time when the kids are in school, not understanding that THAT is the time when they get done all the things that are difficult to do in the summer holidays (so they've piled up) and once the kids get home! It's all the invisible things that no-one notices unless they are not done: like being the toilet roll fairy, emptying the bins, helping out with fundraisers, paying bills, buying birthday cards, researching after school activities, filling in forms, fixing doorbells, lights, washing machines (delete as appropriate) and it goes on and on. What do SAHM mums do all day? They make it possible for everyone else to go out :)

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  10. @Blue Sky: I love it!! We 'make it possible for everyone else to go out'! We do, don't we? It is the invisible things do, although I may the phone calls the 'he who can fix' for the fixing jobs. We get the 'pardon the language' shitty jobs too. Already this morn I've cleaned the cat poo filled litter tray ( before anyone else got up) and I've cleaned the toilets. I've also climbed up on thoings to clean the damp spores on the bathroom ceiling!

    My follow up post will be the dangers of the SAHM 'job'' ;-)

    Thanks for your excellent comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  11. CORRECTION: Ugghh...that's what I get for SAHM style multi tasking! 'too' not 'do and 'make' not 'may'...all in second line!Oh and obviously things not thoings....or thongs! Imagine cleaning bathroom ceilings in thongs? That would make this a whole other post....!!

    xx Jazzy

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  12. ahhh so thats what you do! *ducks* love a BOTTOM (bugger off to office mum)

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  13. @Jane @ Northern Mum: hehehe....shhh, don't tell everyone!

    xx Jazzy

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  14. irishminx@ Thanks T! For some reason this comment ended up in 'comment moderation' and I'm only seeing it now!

    xx Jazzy

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