February 13, 2004

Imaginative Power of Cleaning

While cleaning the sty I live in this evening, I was mesmerized by the loud whir of the vacuum cleaner (I call it a sweeper--is that a western PA thing?). Anyway, the sweeper makes me think.

Instead of looking at the dirt and wondering how I will get all of this done, I think about the people that made this mess, the places they will go, the things we have all been doing; I fantasize about riding the sweeper to the moon...I let my mind wander without its usual pink leash.

Scrubbing the tub and mopping the floor (with my pal: Mr. Clean) are also very contemplative tasks. Though I felt quite the anti-feminist this evening, I felt my mind travel to places I have not been in a long while. Traveling, discovering. I was in Mexico with my mother, riding horses in the mountains, playing croquet with John Mayer. Heck an evening with your own imagination, the whir of the deafening sweeper in your ears, is better than a novel any day.

My hands are a bit waterlogged and Mr. Clean has left his cologne on me. Ugh. Cleaning makes me ugly and smelly. Gotta go.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at February 13, 2004 12:13 AM

Loved this poetic testament to housecleaning. I know many writers who meet their muse while vacuuming or cleaning a shower stall; David Bowie says he writes his songs while doing the dishes. You had some great phrases in this one, like "I let my mind wander without its usual pink leash" and "Mr. Clean has left his cologne on me." You're a good writer!

Posted by: Mike Arnzen at February 13, 2004 10:29 AM

Thank you Dr. Arnzen. I will come back to this post when I need an ego boost. You can count on that. :-D

Posted by: Amanda at February 13, 2004 2:48 PM

and all this for me? awh.... you shouldn't have!

Can't wait for Sunday, dear! :^)

Posted by: Karissa at February 14, 2004 11:00 AM

Sweeper is definately Pittsburghese. Just thought I'd let you know.

I'm going to go back to drinking my soda now.

LOL - just ran across this site.
Yinz wanna sound like a Picksburgher?

Posted by: Brian McCollum at February 15, 2004 2:08 AM

From age 12-20 family house cleaner. A dreamer riding on the busy noises of the vaccum. Enough Said. :)

Posted by: Puff at February 15, 2004 6:04 PM

I knew you were the sweeper type! :-)

Posted by: Amanda at February 16, 2004 12:38 PM
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