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The Dart: Children help with spring cleaning

Abbie Stockman, 8, carries a trash bag full of leaves while helping her mother do some spring cleaning in their front yard. According to Tracy Linder, Abbie’s mother, Linder rarely has to ask her daughter for help with chores around the house. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Abbie Stockman, 8, carries a trash bag full of leaves while helping her mother do some spring cleaning in their front yard. According to Tracy Linder, Abbie’s mother, Linder rarely has to ask her daughter for help with chores around the house. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

VIDALIA — To most children and adults, chores are dreaded.

From left, Christopher Linder, 16, Paisley Linder, 3, and Abbie Stockman, 8, do yard work in the Linder front yard. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

From left, Christopher Linder, 16, Paisley Linder, 3, and Abbie Stockman, 8, do yard work in the Linder front yard. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

In the already small amount of free time that a person has, who wants to spend it cleaning the house, or mowing the lawn?

But chores remain a necessary part of life for anyone who does not enjoy clutter and dirt.

Luckily, Tracy Linder had help with her chores last week from two small people who were happy to assist.

When The Dart landed on Myrtle Street in Vidalia, Linder was working in her front yard with her daughter Abbie Stockman, 8, and her niece Paisley Linder, 3.

Linder started doing the work herself without asking for assistance.

“It is way too pretty to stay inside,” Linder said. “I might as well do some work.”She set to work on spring cleaning, including sprucing up her front yard that had been relatively untouched throughout the winter.

“The girls were playing inside, and they came out and asked me if they could help,” Linder said.

“I put them right to work.”

The girls’ offer to help did not surprise Linder, she said.

“Oh, she is always helping around the house, that is just the kind of girl she is,” Linder said, speaking of Abbie.

So, Linder pulled out the trash bags, slid an oversized pair of gloves onto the hands of Paisley, and had the girls pick up the piles of leaves scattered throughout the yard.

Abbie said the chores didn’t seem like work.“I like being outside,” she said. “At my poppa’s house I even get to mow the lawn.”

Linder said she realizes how special the helpful trait is in her daughter.

“She is a very special girl,” Linder said. “I couldn’t be a luckier mom. I couldn’t have asked for a better daughter.”