Scenario: Your husband is sick with strep, and you’ve made dinner by yourself and gone to the evening session of Stake Conference with just your three-month-old in tow, leaving your husband to supervise the other kids’ baths and showers. You come home to clean, sleeping children, a mostly-loaded dishwasher, and an otherwise messy kitchen, with the baby still needing her bath. Also, the kitchen floor is coated in a layer of spilled grape soda and syrup, embedded with dirt and cereal crumbs. You have a sore arm and shoulder from a cleaning spree earlier that week. You finish loading the dishwasher and run it, clean the counters and table, and bathe the baby. Next, do you:
A) Get out a bucket and mop, and scrub the kitchen floor?
Or do you
B) Keep your shoes on whenever you go in the kitchen?
For bonus points: How does one persuade one’s children to mop the floor on Sunday, and also persuade them that to do so is not breaking the Sabbath? (Have you ever noticed how children become much more devout Sabbath-observers when the commandment-breaking involves their performance of household chores?) If the mom’s shoes permanently adhere to the grape-soda-and-syrup terrain, would that be considered a case of “ox stuck in the mire?”
(P.S. Don’t worry, I won’t really make the kids mop the floor tomorrow. I’ll just keep wearing my shoes.)