After catching up with my husband, and talking to my daughter, he turned to me and said "and what are you doing?"
My mind went completely blank. The only thing I could think of was "I cross stitch!" I have been pondering that question and my response ever since.
I am more than just a stitcher, I do more than just stitch. I am the taxi cab driver for members in my family that have no driver's license. I am everyone's personal shopper. Including groceries and picking up items for new apartments and new townhouses.
There isn't a day that the washing machine and dryer aren't going. I put all out clothes away. In the drawers in the closer. Unlike my children who will dress out of their clean laundry baskets. I won't see all my laundry baskets come back to the laundry room until they head back to college.
That doesn't include cleaning up the kitchen for all my family members who leave dirty dishes in the sink and don't know how to load or unload the dishwasher.
I also take care of pets. Letting them out, letting them in, feeding them. Taking them to the vet. I had my oldest son's cat while he was deployed. I now have my daughter's puppy, in addition to my two dogs, who isn't housebroken yet, and am constantly cleaning up accidents. Suggest everyone buy stock in paper towels cuz I'm going through rolls like Sherman through Atlanta. My poor Dixie is badly in need of a grooming and I'm wondering how to work that into my schedule.
Not including running the sweeper and cleaning toilets. There is no maid that shows up in the middle of the night and makes these things happen. The beds don't get stripped and remade by themselves, and I have never found a piece of chocolate on my pillow.
I was the general contractor when we did our master bathroom renovation. Picking out everything and purchasing it to save money to stay in budget.
I am a professional painter when I need to be, along being a interior decorator.
I volunteered to make slip covers for a couch and love seat having no idea what I was doing or what I was volunteering for.
Plus I have started knitting a baby blanket for my niece who is having a baby boy in December. According to the pattern it's a one day knit. I know it will take me longer than 8 hours.
And not to forget finishing Ann Pegg.
And yet these things don't cover the personal dynamics of being a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend. Of being the voice of reason at times, to listen to woes, to be a fixer of problems, to tell them the truth even when the don't want to hear it. Sometimes being a referee and mediator.
So I am more than just a stitcher. I do more than just cross stitch. I wish I had thought of all these things when I was asked the question.