Clothes with My Mom
Understand and Answer
these questions with reference to the context.
might as well enjoy my work.”
Who said these words? Where was the speaker?
Ans. The writer’s mother said these words. The speaker was in
Why did the speaker say this?
Ans. The speaker said so because there is no point of being
upset. We should always enjoy our work.
What effect did it have on the listener?
Ans. This had positive effect on
the listener. He offered her help.
the correct options to complete the sentences.
1. Scheduling bath time was not easy
a) everyone wanted to have a bath at the
b) there was only one
c) there wasn’t enough water.
2. The writer was given
a) a wrist watch. b) a wind-up toy. c) an alarm
3. The writer’s mother did laundry
a) only on the weekends.
b) every day of the week.
c) four days of the week.
4. On laundry days, she awoke at
a) 4 am. b) 5:30 am. c) 6 am.
5. The writer’s mother sang as she worked
a) it was her favourite pastime.
b) it helped her stay awake.
c) it helped her enjoy her
6. The writer’s father did his paperwork in
the morning because _____________ at that time of the day.
a) he felt fresh
b) he enjoyed working
c) the house was quiet
How old was the writer when he learned to rise early? At what time did he wake
Ans. The writer was 7 years old when he learned to rise early.
He woke up at 5:30.
Which sentence in the story tells us that the family had to save money to buy
Ans. The following sentence in the story tells us that the
family had to save money to buy things.
“Mom still used an old wringer washer, but she was absolutely
thrilled that she and Dad had scraped together enough money to get a clothes
How did the writer feel when he learned to do small jobs?
Ans. The writer felt useful when he learned to do small jobs
such as cleaning the lint filter and placing the dry clothes on a folding
Did the other children in the writer’s family help with the housework? How do
Ans. Yes, other children in the
writer’s family helped with the housework. Writer’s elder sisters helped their
mother carry the folded clothes upstairs.
What was the important lesson that the writer and his siblings learnt from
Ans. The writer’s parents taught their children that work is not
a hardship and they should enjoy their work.
Think and answer
Why do you think the writer’s mother praised him although he dropped most of
Ans. The writer’s mother praised him although he dropped most of
the clothes to encourage his good behavior. The mother’s compliments always nurtures
child’s self-esteem, confidence and sense of self.
Why does the writer look back fondly on those days spent in the old basement?
Ans. The writer looked back fondly on those days spent in the
old basement because those insignificant moments created fond memories that has
lasted a lifetime. His parents taught him and his siblings that work is not a