Mum made it clear it was me or the dog, and she liked the dog.
I saw the writing on the wall and promised to make my bed and clean my room more than once a year.
She said that wasn’t enough and did I eat in her kitchen. If so I was expected to help keep that clean as well.
While this was going on the dog was looking pleased with itself and edged closer to mum.
With all that happening I grabbed a t-towel and moved over to wipe a few dishes.
As I did so I heard mum singing to herself and I wondered what the future held as it was hard work for a five year old.