Home of privilege: Clean, shiny dishes


By Daris Howard
Special to The PREVIEW

My roommate, John, had grown up in a home of privilege with maids and cooks, never having to take care of himself. But just before he came to college, his family fell on hard times. That was why he ended up being one of my roommates in the cheapest college housing available.

The other eight of us came from less-than-affluent families and were used to the normal chores that came with taking care of ourselves. None of us had ever met before, so our first apartment meeting was to set up a chore schedule for washing dishes, sweeping, mopping, etc.

We calculated that the 16 weeks of the semester, divided equally by the nine of us, came out to around 12 days per person for each assignment. We voted to take this in two six-day rotations. I volunteered to take the first six days washing dishes, knowing that it was the toughest job, and that, as the semester progressed, life would become much busier. John chose the last of the rotations.

As we approached mid semester, John’s first turn was drawing near when he informed us that he had never washed dishes before and he didn’t know how to go about it.

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