Narrative Essay On The Air Force

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My father has been in the military for 30 years. His career has taken him and my family, to every corner of the world. The Air Force is a demanding career path to choose; often the spouse is left with the full weight of the chores to be done on the home front. During the course of my upbringing these duties were, in part, delegated to my sisters and I. While we never experienced “a life of almost tropical idleness’ (CITATION) like the children of Jane Smiley, we became effective and efficient members of our house hold. We learned to respect our house and our family. Though my sisters and I didn’t wake up smiling and ready to work, in the long run chores prepared us for the day we needed to maintain an organized lifestyle and living space of …show more content…
She did not have the luxury of hiring a maid to have our rooms “miraculously neat” (CITATION) when we returned from school. Between running errands, mirroring a taxi service for her kids, and earning what little income she could my mother did not have time to maintain an entire house while also cooking, cleaning, and washing for three children. Naturally, my sisters and I were tasked with daily, weekly, and monthly chores. These tasks increased in difficulty alongside our age; the more we were capable of, the more we were expected to do. While I was rarely eager to tackle the list, the chores instilled a sense of responsibility in me that I am forever grateful for. I also learned to respect my environment. My experience cleaning bathrooms, doing laundry, and washing dishes after my sisters is something I consider when people do these things for me. I learned not to be one of the students that made ketchup designs on the lunch trays. I remember to genuinely thank the maids in hotels for folding my towels and straightening my room. From chores I learned to truly appreciate the work people do for me and how to reciprocate those …show more content…
Not only has she never been entrusted with household chores, her own children are not expected to contribute to the house. I would be interested to learn, however, if Smiley herself picked up that slack or if she has a housekeeper of her own like her mother before her. She also has no sense of what common household chores are. In her conclusion she questions where she would be if her parents had forced her into things like “practicing the flute or making roasted potatoes with rosemary and parmesan for the family for dinner” (CITATION). Though I did find myself cooking for the family quite often, these tasks would never be found on a generic list of household chores. Smiley also discusses the guilt her husband feels when he takes time for himself, rather than finishing the work he needs to complete (CITATION). Though I can see how a hard working person would find it hard to leave everything at work, the idea that chores ruined his ‘me time’ is ridiculous. I can only hope that my children prioritize like her husband seems to. Blowing off responsibilities and work that needs to be done to live a carefree lifestyle is not a habit I will pass on to my children. It is easy to get caught up in having fun and to forget what needs to be done. From my perspective, the fact that work is always on her husband’s mind simply means that he is a responsible man that would not quickly forget what he needs to do for what he

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