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.


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!