WHOSE JOB IS IT?
You always did the dishes, when I was growing up
so now that I am grown up
I do the dishes.
It’s a long time to stand if you do it right
(like you did)
wipe dishes spotless before they’re machine-scrubbed
clean the sink, the counter
mop the floor.
Why don’t you make the kids do that?
my husband asks.
I shrug. Plunge my hands into hot water.
Today is your birthday, Mom.
And I am doing the dishes.