At our house, the folding of laundry is a job of the minions. And I’ll say first off that the chore is not spread out evenly among the minions. It’s more like, “You there. Fold the laundry and put it away.”
This summer two of the minions are working (they are doing summer research). That leaves only two minions folding scads of laundry. And since they aren’t paid, they have a communist approach—do the work with little care as to the results.
This led to the following scene at breakfast.
Husband: “You know, the laundry has become a total crap shoot. I get all kinds of clothes that aren’t mine.”
Working Minion (female): “I’m always getting other people’s laundry. Especially mom’s.”
Folding Minion (male): “One pair of pink undies looks like another. I can’t tell the difference.”
WM (conceding the point): “Yeah, but it’s not the underwear. You gave me mom’s dorky shorts.”
FM: “Hmm. True.”
Me, looking up from what I was reading: “Hey, I don’t have dorky shorts.”
WM: “You totally have dorky shorts. Remember those shorts you bought the other day to wear with your swimsuit.”
Me, knowing I bought them because they were cheap even though they were ugly and didn’t fit well: “Okay, those are dorky.”
WM: “You do have one pair of cute jeans.”
Me, feeling better: “Thanks…wait a minute…I have five pairs of jeans. Are you saying the others are lame?”
WM, with a teasing smile: “The jeans with the double buttons are so cute. I love when the boys put them in my laundry pile.”