|Don't look at my messy house! Here... look at this butterfly. I found it yesterday. Kiageha... Papilio machaon The Old World Swallowtail (the type species... yes, I know. I'm looking up butterfly taxonomies when I'm supposed to be cleaning my house...)|
This won't be a terribly long post--I've got house cleaning to do, as I mentioned-- because today is the day that *all* the moms are rushing around frantically cleaning their houses. Today is Katei-Chimon, the parent-teacher conference where the teacher comes to you, instead of the other way around. All the other parent-teacher meetings take place at school, except the first one of the year (usually right after Golden Week). For this first meeting, the teachers trek to all their students' homes (over the course of several days, and they go to all the students in a particular district/area one day...second area the next...and so on). So, actually, not *all* the moms... just the ones in this area. We're all frantically scrubbing.
It's a traditional thing. The purpose is, ostensibly, to familiarize the teachers with the exact route their students take to school. But the real purpose is, as I understand it, to give the teacher an idea of what the child's home environment is like. Kids can be present or not during the meeting--often not, since they get out of school a little early on these days. Most kids take advantage of it to get extra outside play-time. At least, mine do. I won't be at all surprised if Koshi comes in carrying a bucket of tadpoles... or crawdads... dripping muddy water all over my clean genkan. *deep sigh*
So I have to pick everything up and hide it all in the closet. Put all the laundry away. Put all the shoes away in the genkan. Get an old rag and get down on hands and knees and wipe up all the dirt (yesterday was baseball! *Moan* The sand... the sand...). Hang up laundry, fold laundry, put laundry away. Put futons out, bang futons, put futons away-- sometimes I think housekeeping in Japan is nefariously designed to keep women chained to the home...
And take a shower. Gambarimasu!