Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Cinderella

Once upon a time in the kingdom of Jenworld, Queen Jen was busy. Very busy. She spent all of last Friday and Saturday cleaning the castle from top to bottom.

You are probably wondering, why would the queen have to clean? Doesn't she have any royal servants to do her bidding?

As it happens, Jenworld was a kingdom of only modest riches. King Pete and Queen Jen had plans for the royal princesses. Plans that involved braces, private school, and such basics as tiaras and hot pink faux furs. Therefore, expenditures such as royal maids, royal cooks, royal gardeners, and royal pool boys were considered frivolous and unnecessary. Luckily, King Pete was usually amenable to cleaning the royal crappers or else Queen Jen would hire a retinue of maids so fast it would make King Pete's head spin.

Getting back to the story...

On the Friday and Saturday in question, Queen Jen was working hard to make sure that Jenworld was clean. That it sparkled even. So she dusted and scrubbed and wiped princess fingerprints from windows. She vacuumed and mopped and swept. She washed sheets and blankets and even fluffed pillows. She bought food and drinks and other comestibles. In between, she also worked hard at her job, schlepped princesses hither and yon, and stayed so busy that she would fall into bed each night, utterly exhausted.

But hey, that's the life of a mother for you.

All of this frenzied activity was in anticipation of the arrival of the royal in-laws on Saturday. The royal in-laws had traveled in their royal Honda all the way from New York state for their annual autumnal visit. Queen Jen felt it was important to have a clean Jenworld, so that her in-laws would not have to wade through piles of royal crapola whilst here.

The visit was great fun and the royal in-laws seemed to have a good time. Certainly, the royal princesses enjoyed the hell out of their grandparents.

On Monday afternoon, the royal in-laws loaded up the royal Honda and headed back to their own kingdom. Queen Jen finished waving good bye and walked back into her wee castle. She took a deep breath, let it out, and ...

... cleaned the bathrooms, ran the vacuum, stripped the guest bed and put the room back in order, did two loads of laundry, and cleaned the kitchen floor.

It appears that a queen's work is never done. Nonetheless, she lived happily ever after.

The End.

10 comments:

Melissa said...

The harsh truth of being queen--you don't really get to rest long on your laurels before another task rears it's ugly head (dragon, combative kingdom, dishes, laundry...)

Professor J said...

I can see you loading the washer with your tiarra slightly askew.

Badness Jones said...

Yeah - I sometimes feel like the royal serving-wench here too!

Family Adventure said...

I think King Pete may have to start doing more than just the royal crappers !

Funny! :) Heidi

Suzanne said...

I want the fairy godmother to come to my house and cast a spell that will make the house permanently clean.

Peggy Sez.. said...

Was there a royal strategy involved in getting King Pete to do those royal crappers? I could use such wise advice in my kingdom....

TX Poppet said...

Royal crappola? Having visions of ermine backpacks left lying in the middle of the palace floor with satin jewel encrusted slippers strewn about and ormulu tabletops cluttered with scrolls from the princesses' finishing academy.

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

Professor J: Actually, when I was loading the dishwasher, the tiara had already been thrown across the kitchen in disgust and, as a result, is now slightly bent.

Heidi: Pete does plenty, it's just that I gave him the, ahem, shiteous task of cleaning all three bathrooms from top to bottom, so I did the picking up, dusting vacuuming, etc. It seemed like a fair trade.

Peggy: The dealio is that if King Pete ever balks at doing his fair share of the cleaning, I'll call in a cleaning crew, which will then take money from the royal coffers. Thus far, King Pete has kept up his end of the bargain.

TX Poppet: If you could see some of the accessories that the Princess Eleanor currently owns and wears, your vision would not be too far off. She really does have a pink faux fur and it is oh-so-soft.

Melissa said...

All of that work is why I plan to stay a princess as long as possible, the Queen has far to many responsibilities. All hail the Queen

Linda and her Surroundings said...

Now, those are the sorts of fairy tales young girls should read so they don't FREAK OUT when they move out of home and get married and find out the TRUTH.