Saturday, October 4, 2008

My Dad, My Butler

My family didn't have a video camera growing up; they still don't have one. However, we do have one video of my family around 1991. I was in the high school video class, so I had access to the school's video camera. I brought it home to capture some silly Christenson moments before my oldest sister Amy left on her mission to Sweden. The part I love about the tape is that it captured my dad as I best remember him: helping out.

"I'm doing a load of laundry. Who needs their coat washed?" That's the only thing my dad said on the whole hour-long tape, and it's endearing to me like you would not believe.
This weekend, Grandma and Grandpa Christenson stayed with us so Gma C could take care of Gma Mac. While Grandma C left for Orem, Grandpa stayed back to help me with my chores. He cleaned my kitchen floor on his hands and knees, taking special care to scrape up paint stains I hadn't bothered to clean up for over a year. He vacuumed the floors. He did the dishes. He was helpful beyond words.


All of my sisters and even my sisters-in-law can vouch for my dad's desire to help ease the burdens of being a mother. Either that or he can't stand seeing our messy houses.

6 comments:

go mom go said...

What an awesome dad!

Ellen James said...

ohhhh, could he come over? Is he still there? Tell him I have super yummy food left over from a big dinner party. I could really use him here! :)

MarySquare said...

Does that mean I should wait to clean my bathroom till Dad shows up?

I think we were extremely blessed as kids to have a Dad that felt that housecleaning and cooking was just as much his responsibility as anyone else's. I can't wait till he and Mom get here, I hope we have a good time!

Still no baby -- but it feels like it is getting close. I bought a pineapple and will be eating it all day at work today.

mariann and Tory said...

Your dad just reminds me of my dad! I think that is awesome that he helps clean up! He is such a nice guy!

Leo and Jill said...

There will forever be a place in my heart for Uncle Norvel and Aunt Karen. They are the best!!!

Amo said...

I can't tell you how many times Dad has helped clean my house. And if he doesn't, he always says, "I wish I could stay to help you." He is wonderful and deserves all of our love and devotion!

That said, I think it may have more to do with the fact that the mess drives him crazy! Brian is the same way. He comes to my house and immediately begins cleaning. I guess my house is never clean enough.

Mary -- good luck with the pineapple!