A verbatim with Mum about working from home
Mum: Why are you cleaning the house?
Me: It needs it.
Mum: It’s Sunday.
Me: That fact has not escaped my attention.
Mum: So why are you doing it now?
Me: What do you mean? What does it matter when I do it?
Mum: You have all week and you wait till Sunday.
Me: I don’t make that much mess, once a week is enough.
Mum: But you can do it anytime and you waste the weekend.
Me: I work.
Mum: Yes, mostly from home. I understand when you don’t, but when you do.
Me: When I do, I’m working.
Mum: But you could slip in some cleaning.
Me: Slip it in.
Mum: You know what I mean.
Me: You mean between writing, conference calls, reports, emails, invoicing and doing stuff for like work.
Me: But then I wouldn’t be working and I can only charge for when I do work.
Mum: But no one would know if you cleaned the bathroom on a work day.
Me: It’s not about people knowing it’s about using my time. No one cares, except you, how I organise my work day.
Mum: I don’t care either.
Me: Yes, you do. You want me to slip house cleaning in so I can have a free weekend.
Mum: Well, yes I do. You should.
Me: You’ve never really gotten this work from home thing have you?
Mum: What’s to get. I get it.
Me: No, you think I swan around with all the time in the world to scrub floors and do the washing.
Mum: But you do, because you’re at home.
Me: Yes, working.
Mum: But you can’t be working all the time?
Me: Why not. It’s the same as working in an office.
Mum: No it’s not. No one is watching you.
Me: I hope when I’m working in a client’s office no one is watching me either. That would be creepy.
Mum: You know what I mean. You don’t dress in suits when you work from home.
Me: No, thank goodness.
Mum: So that’s the point.
Me: I’m lost.
Mum: It’s the same thing, no suit, you can clean the house between things.
Me: I could. If I didn’t care to meet my deadlines or have enough work to buy the cat food.
Mum: Stupid damn cats.
Me: You mean you think I’m slack for not being able to work at home and hit the weekend with a clean house at the same time
Mum: I wouldn’t say slack.
Me: What would you say?
Me: Thanks for that.
Mum: Well, you asked. So on Monday can you come and help me with the thing for Joyce?
Mum: Isn’t that what I said.
Me: Why didn’t I do that for you Saturday or today?
Mum: What’s wrong with Monday?
Me: It’s a work day.
Mum: Oh you always have some excuse.
Me: It’s not an excuse.
Mum: If you were more organised it wouldn’t matter. It’s not like your boss will know your sneaking out.
Me: I’m my boss. I’d know.
Mum: Well you’re not a very good boss.
Me: Because a good boss would let me clean the house and nick off in the middle of the day to do whatever.
Mum: A really good boss would.
Me: (Sigh). I could’ve put a load of washing on instead of having this conversation.
Mum: Exactly. You really are a slow learner.