Head of household


It is a role of many facets. Canโ€™t remember how or when I was anointed into it. It just grew on me like the greying of a moustache. Yet I experience it not as some abstract social title but in a flow of moments while wearing many hats. It is traditional to complain about wearing such hats but I find them oddly fulfilling. Here is an unordered list spiced by a bit of sleep deprivation.

  • Name on many government forms
  • Payer of bills
  • Winner in waiting of the best late night Milo ever made for the wife award
  • Collaborative logistics co-ordinator of other peoples’ (typically visiting overseas relatives) rapidly changing itineraries
  • Humane Evictor of roaches, spiders, and other invaders that cause Mrs C to climb on chairs
  • Ignorant beer buyer (all brands look like foaming piss when poured) 15 mins before the guests arrive
  • Lugger of heavy things (From/to chariots, up/down stairs, and about the hovel)
  • Occasional emergency procurement agent of feminine hygiene products
  • Card carrying ACICAS (All Ceylon Ice Coffee Appreciation Society) member
  • Retriever of items from high cupboards
  • Fetcher/ chauffeur of minds for alms giving, Pirith chanting, and home sermons
  • Puller out of credit card when taking people to dinner
  • Official photographer, OGF (our group of friends)
  • Family IT consultant specialising in getting skype working on ancient computers.

The voices in my head would like to list more. Don’t have the time for more and even less for sleep. So I’ll leave it to you (its all about user generated content no?).

What hats do you wear?

14 comments

  1. hahaha “Family IT consultant specialising in getting skype working on ancient computers.” – niiice!๐Ÿ˜€

    I am the family late night thunderstorm plug puller and also the navigation assistant when we go on holiday!๐Ÿ˜‰ And also the tech support guy.๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. “Humane Evictor of roaches, spiders, and other invaders”

    Amen Amen Amen. I leave that to the Man as well.
    ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Same here:

    Payer of bills
    Humane Evictor of roaches, spiders, gekhos and other invaders that cause Mrs K to climb on chairs
    Fetcher/ chauffeur of minds for alms giving, Pirith chanting, and home sermons
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. Interesting .๐Ÿ™‚

    A few which come to mind-
    1. Chief Pet feeder and unsanctioned feeder to all neighbourhood cats
    2. Head table clearer
    3. Emergency Electronic Equipment Fixer
    4. Cupcake baker
    5. Head of the Sarcasm Department
    6. Like you, retriever of items from high cupboards and in addition, curtain put-upper. (the height can be a bane sometimes)
    7. Computer hogger

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  5. I think I am possibly the devil’s advocate, filler of government forms, logistics co-ordinator and household PA as far as anything to do with documents are concerned. So thank goodness for not living at home anymore๐Ÿ˜›

    Ditto to what N said, how does one become a member of the ACICAS?๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. ๐Ÿ˜€ thank you everyone for contributions! Didn’t expect such a fun deluge of details. Clearly (and happily) I’m not alone.

    N and Vindi: ACICAS membership is quite easy. You have to enjoy drinking ice coffee and need to declare yourself an ACICAS member. That’s it. The ACICAS is a non hierarchal “distributed” or “cloud” entity not a formal organisation. It ceased to be one long time ago after one faction broke off to form the All Ceylon Russian Roulette Club but that’s another story…

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  7. Haha good one. I especially relish my role as the bloodthirsty murderer of roaches and rats while my husband shrieks from atop the furniture. As the official picker upper of dog poop? Not so much.

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    • Thrilled you liked the post๐Ÿ™‚ quite an ancient one too – how did Ye find it?
      Since Mrs C & I are vegetarians we just chuck out the roaches. Thankfully no rats we know of these days

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