The assignment was: "describe a perfect day". IEG's perfect day is found here, and RP's perfect day is found here.
A perfect day for me would go something like this:
A Perfect Day
Bark, bark, bark, bark, bark.
Bark, bark, bark, bark, bark.
I woke up on a Saturday morning to the sound of the doorbell ringing, and the dogs barking, signaling that someone was at the door. I looked at the clock. It was 7 a.m.
"Maybe they will go away if I just lay here and ignore them," I said to myself. After all, I was home alone this weekend, no one to cook for, no schedule...I wanted to sleep.
But it was obvious with the continued ding donging and bark barking that the guest at the front door was going to be persistent.
I crawled out of bed, threw on a pair of sweats and a sweatshirt, ran my fingers through my hair, and headed for the door.
When I opened it up, I looked down, and there were three very short people standing on my front porch. They were dressed in work clothes, each a different color. One had blue clothes, one had red clothes, and one had green clothes. Upon closer inspection, they each also had very pointed ears.
"May I help you?" I asked, after a long awkward silence.
Blue guy stepped forward.
"Good morning. We are here to help you," he said.
"Yes. We are the cleaning elves. We travel around the world searching for people in need of a good house cleaning and some organization help," he said.
The red guy stepped up next.
"The cleaning elf express, at your service."
"But, why me?"
Now it was the green guys turn to step up.
"Every time you made a wish and blew out your candles, every time you threw a coin in a fountain, and every time you saw the first star in the sky, you made the same wish....to have your house clean and organized. So, it is your time to let us make your wish come true," he said.
"Yeah, we are kind of like the Make A Wish Foundation for Desperate Housewives," said the red guy.
The other two elves groaned.
"So, what exactly are you going to do?" I asked.
"We come in with our magical cleaning supplies, and go through your house, cleaning every corner, crevice and stain," said the green guy.
"Then we go through every box and tote and bag and either display it, shelve it, box it or throw it," said the blue guy.
"By the time we are done, you wish will be fulfilled. You will live in a state of peace and harmony, with a place for everything, and everything in its place," red guy added.
At this point, all I could think of was to invite them in, and let them get started. We sat in my living room, and they explained things a bit more thoroughly. Then I gave them a tour of the house, so they could take notes on what needed to be done.
"Now, you just sit back, get your book, grab your computer, do whatever it is you want to do, but just relax. Leave the work to us. If we have any questions about anything, we'll let you know," said blue.
So I grabbed the book I'd been reading, plugged in my laptop, and relaxed as I watched in amazement as the elves became a flurry of magical activity.
Before I knew it, the walls were wiped down, cob webs gone, windows washed, and floors swept and mopped. Shelves were dusted, furniture vacuumed, and the once dingy, stained white carpet now looked like brand new.
The fireplace was swept out, the stainless steel in the kitchen gleamed, and the laundry piles were gone in the laundry room.
Then they headed to the basement. Again, dusting, sweeping, mopping, disinfecting. It was all getting done.
"Now it is time to organize," I heard one of them say.
So they went into the various storage rooms in the basement. I could hear quite a flurry of activity.
As this was going on, I just sat leisurely by drank tea, read my book, and occasionally got on my computer.
Before I knew it, it was 5 p.m., and the three elves were standing in front of me.
"All done," said green guy.
"Come and see, come and see," said red guy.
"I think you will be quite pleased," said blue guy.
So the three little men escorted me to the basement, and took me into my storage closets. Shelves were stacked with totes with labels of what was in side. Bookshelves were labeled and the titles were in alphabetical order. Bags of trash were already thrown in the garbage in the garage.
I was in Heaven.
"What can I ever do to repay you?" I asked.
"Just that smile on your face was payment enough, ma'am," said blue guy.
"Now everything is clean, organized, and in its place," said red guy.
"And now you know what it is like to have a perfect day," said green guy.
Yes I did.