Daily Prompt: Never Gonna Give You Up

You. We know *you* are vice-free, dear Daily Post reader. But, or perhaps we should say, “butt,” others around you and in your life are riddled with vices: they smoke; they eat too much celery; they hog the covers; they can’t keep their hands out of the office candy bowl. Which vice or bad habit can you simply not abide in others? Photographers, artists, poets: show us VICE.

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When I gave up smoking, I got worried. I had just given up my last true vice. If I had to do any negotiating with God (“Hey, God? If you get me out of this mess I’ll give up … “) I had nothing to work with. I drink coffee, but that’s not a vice. That’s food. I don’t drink alcohol and I’m not addicted to drugs (dependency on blood pressure medication does not count).


We’ve been living in a hive, three generations of family packed together. Not as tight as sardines, but tight enough. Each of us has learned to (1) Not sweat the small stuff, small being loosely defined as “not worth fighting about,” (2) To be extremely wary of casting stones, since they have a nasty habit of returning — boomerang-like — to whack you solidly on the skull

Just ONE little thing. Please, please don’t just leave your laundry in the washer and dryer. Finish your laundry and leave the machines clear for those others of us who need to cleanse our own washables. Thank you. We really appreciate your attention to this matter.

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Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


    1. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. If you don’t mind, could you also take the towels, jeans, linens, sweaters and sweatpants too? And clean the lint trap? Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming (already in progress …)!


  1. I sympathise. I remove the wash myself, but ironing is left to the person that wants to iron and sorting the thousands of socks that come out of the washing is also not exclusively my job. I know my socks, but I do not know who the others belong to. Too many men in the family.


    1. Try doing this for three generations of socks. And sweats, jeans, towels and underwear. Garry and I have a load of laundry a week. The Kids have two loads a day. Garry used to do it. Now, he stuffs it all in big black trash bags and leaves it on the sofa in their living room. Without comment.


  2. I have my married daughter and her husband living with us while she does her 3rd year med school rotations and my 23 year old daughter who just finished college in December. Most of the time they do their own laundry, but sometimes, on busy weeks, I get stuck with it. At least they’re very appreciative. I’m just thankful to have a working washer and dryer! 🙂


    1. A dozen years from now, I can pretty much promise you won’t feel quite so mellow about it. Garry did everybody’s laundry for a very long time. One day, he said “Enough! We are not servants!” When it’s several loads a day, you can find you do little else BUT other people’s laundry.


        1. Good! Because if you let them think you’re happy to be their humble servant, you’ll be well into senior citizenship and still a kitchen and laundry slave. Now that I’m facing heart surgery, they are beginning to step up to the plate, probably because I said things had to change. But they were all happy with the old status quo. Probably our fault for not putting a stop to it sooner.


  3. Vices? I gave up smoking in 1985. I gave up drinking a week ago. Is Lindt chocolate a vice if you eat enough of it?

    Laundry? Good for Garry giving up that chore. When our daughter graduated high school, I made her start doing her own laundry. My son, who was 12 at the time, volunteered to do his, too. He even ironed his own clothes. Remarkably, no conflict with the machines.

    I haven’t been here for a while – school work has me overwhelmed. I didn’t know you were having heart surgery. I hope all goes well and your recovery is quick. The few family and friends I have known that have had heart surgery always felt so much better afterwards.


    1. Hang on to the chocolate. You need to have a negotiating chip! And, if you’ve got some to spare, I’ll be glad to take it off your hands 🙂

      Sharing a house with a lot of other adults, especially for — well — life — can be challenging. And educational.


  4. Ah, you’re clever. You should always keep a vice on hand for those bartering moments. I’m trying to think of what mine would be…. probably horrifying pop music that I shant admit to liking in this public place.


    1. A lady needs something to barter with 🙂 Well, guys too. I suppose I could elevate coffee to the level of a vice, but I think it’s a stretch. Is a fondness for bad old TV shows the same as bad music addiction 🙂 ?


  5. Everybody’s got something it seems. Some little rule – whether it’s sane or not – a line that must not be crossed.
    Who knows where they come from ?? sometimes from upbringing … ??? Sometimes I can determine no rational source.
    I have one rule ’round here:
    – Don’t leave yer guns loaded – ‘ess there’s a posse nearby.
    You know what I mean …


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