It’s Sunday morning, not even 9AM and I’ve texted my husband instructing him how to take out the bins properly, in future. Can taking the bins out please mean that you also put it back with a fresh garbage bag. He apologizes, he had to hose the bottom of the bin and leave it out to dry. I know, I say, but if you had of done it earlier in the day like I had asked, then it would have been dried in time to be replaced. Instead it was left too late and now I have to do it but there’s extra bits of stuff all over the kitchen – old tissues and teabags, bits of cantalope infusing itself onto the chopping board – all these things could have been out in the bin and would be less for me to clean up. Okay he says and I feel bad.
He’s had to go to work, again, on a Sunday. After his daughter has cried and him after little sleep he’s at work again. I feel bad because I’ve been working so damn hard over these last few weeks trying to support him, to support Toddler, to make sure we all get fed and rested and I’ve texted him to tell him about the bins. Because they do matter, it is extra work for me and now I’m angry because it’s been a bad morning with all the extras and the feeling bad and mostly I’m just so angry that these things matter. The fucking garbage bins. The fucking cleaning up. The fucking dishes and old food and stupid, gross tea bags stuck to the kitchen sink from being left there over night.
I burnt the bagels and there’s a nappy that needs changing.
When I’m elbow deep in tuna oil, teabags, rotten vegetables, hard pasta and god knows what else I think about my degree. I think about two people deciding to have a child and one has to work impossible hours to hardly ever see his child and the other has no time to even think about anything else. Then I think about all the people who tell me it’s a reflection on how I feel about my daughter and I feel angry, I feel dismissed but I know anyone who thinks like that has absolutely no idea. None.
I think too that maybe leaving Berlin was a bad idea, at least there I had childcare. Here, I applied for the family tax benefit and nothing. I’ve gone in, I’ve called but there’s a delay without any reason. I have to justify and qualify everything. It’s punitive. It angers me and disempowers me and there’s no where to complain.
I’ve a degree, I’ve a daughter and a kitchen sink full of dishes that seem never ending. I’ve texted my husband who I love more than this life to complain about bins and I don’t understand how it turned out this way.
I’ve got to change that nappy.