“Before y’all ask to go anywhere or do anything-we need to take care of home first. If we clean hard, we can play later. This is what I want you to do.”
Mommy then went down her list:
1. Clean your room from TOP to BOTTOM.
2. Mop the floor with PINESOL.
3. Scrub down the tubs and toilets with COMET.
4. Dust the furniture with PLEDGE.
5. Sort through your drawers and closets. Find clothes you can no longer fit and bag them for GOODWILL.
“I want it ‘Mommy-clean” she concluded.”
“Mommy clean” meant paying attention to detail, doing your best and working hard.
With Mommy, taking care of our home was serious business and the attitude in which you did it, was equally important. Your work spoke for you whether it be a $2 or $20 bill.Equipped with mop, bucket, cleaning ingredients, rags, broom, dust pan and my favorite plastic gloves-we were ready to get our clean on!
Am I the only one that blew up those yellow gloves? “Mr Turkey” and “Five Hands” were the homies. My cleaning companions kept me entertained until I got busted by Mommy or when I would hear Daddy singing his cleaning songs.
This music was before Pandora,but Daddy definitely had his own station. Smooth Gospel is what he would have named it. He sang those songs over and over again-until something happened. Like that stubborn stain in your carpet, that won’t come out the first time-but with patience and a commitment to stay at it-finally disappears. Songs like Precious Lord, Amazing Grace, and Because He Lives, kept Daddy’s eyes misty -could have been the chemicals in the products but I think there was something more going on here.
I believe Daddy was syncing his soul, to his physical actions. Allowing the scrubbing, purging and cleansing of his home, parallel his heart.
Truth is, whether you jump in a pile of dirt knowingly or if the dust and decay of this world and your own limitations of being a human being have you feeling out of order, maybe even a little messy-just know, we all need cleaning.
My mother’s legacy of keeping an orderly home, prepared us to know what clean and right feels like. Ain’t nothing like living in an orderly, clean and smelling good house!! Right?
Last summer ,Mommy made her list once again, lined up her supplies and her grandchildren. For one week she trained them on Home Care 101. Instead of “Mommy Clean”, the new cleaning title was”Big Momma Clean.”
Gospel hymns sung by Daddy are now Gospel hip-hop rapped in my home. And on many occasions, we find ourselves, misty eyed,not by the dust or the Clorox, but by the One who is busy cleaning our souls-deep down on the inside-too.
This weekend list 5 areas in your home you want “Big Momma Clean.” Complete one each day of the week and be ready to enjoy a clean house before the weekend.
What’s one area in your life that is in need of a deep-soul-cleaning? Bring it before the Lord and allow him to purify your heart and make what is wrong-right.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.