An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bring it On

Need to clean up the local government? Purge Washington politics? Organize our new health care system?

Well, just hire any woman from Augusta who, in preparing her home to rent during Masters Week, has turned spring cleaning into an art form. We purge closets, drawers, and cabinets and sort clothes and toys; we wipe and dust baseboards, ceiling fans, walls, stair risers, and door frames; we turn Swiffer into a verb (here, go swiffer the blinds), wash the washing machine, become best friends with Mr. Clean and his Magic Erasers, and as each room is finished we lock the door so husband and children won’t un-do what we have just done.
Having strangers come stay in your home is a huge incentive for making a good impression. Do we honestly think that someone who has come to Augusta to attend the golf tournament is going to judge us if there is dust on the baseboards or if the flatware drawer is in shambles?

You bet we do.

So we put flowers on nightstands and amenity baskets in the bathrooms. We place neatly stacked towels in the linen closet and a luggage rack in each bedroom. We hang a wreath on the front door and put out a new welcome mat.

Arrange, assemble, group, classify, categorize, purge, systematize, methodize, orchestrate, manage, conduct, administrate, mobilize ... the women of Augusta do it all. Think we can't run a country?

Global politics? World peace? Vladimir Putin?
Bring them on.

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