A broom is still a broom!!

India
October 31, 2008 12:33am CST
I had a passionate affair with my new vacuum cleaner recently. It was new, so I loved it. I sternly pushed away that tiny thought that it was a bit of a nuisance when compared a broom and told myself that it was the most wonderful thing in the world. Why, it could suck even the tiniest cat hair, which my broom would miss. Well, I still love my vacuum cleaner, but gone are those rosy thoughts I once had of it. Instead, I use the broom more than I use the vacuum cleaner. Vacuum cleaners may come and go, but a broom is still a broom. Generations over generations of us have used brooms to clean our floors, and no vacuum cleaner can usurp the position that brooms have in our hearts. Moreover, a broom has multiple purposes--you can chase anything from a millipede to a cheating partner with it. You can't use a vacuum cleaner for that. Ever felt this way about your broom? or do you live in a part of the world that doesn't know what a broom is? Cheers and happy mylotting!
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
31 Oct 08
I wonder if there is anyplace in the world that doesn't know what a broom is? Even dirt floors are swept. Are there people who still live in trees? But I think even there you have to sweep.
• India
1 Nov 08
There are many people in the world, too poor to afford a vacuum cleaner or too ignorant owing to living in remote areas, who do not know that something called a vacuum cleaner exists. Conversely, I wonder if there are some rich people who have now forgotten what a broom looks like because they use the vacuum cleaner 100 percent. Cheers and thanks for the response. :)
@fgaloma (163)
• Philippines
31 Oct 08
Yeh, broom rules, your right with that "Broom has a multipurpose" it can also be a fat remover, especially when everyday you use it, it does everything, it can be a weapon, a tool for exercise, to clean, and specially to be a guitar when your feeling a rockstar. :-)
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31 Oct 08
Hi positiveminded, As my house i all carpeted, I have to use my vacuum cleaner, but I do use my broom for my kitchen floor and your are right, nothing can beat an old broom,yes you could do all sorts of things with the and if you are a witch, you could fly off on a brommstiche hehehe!!!. Tamara
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@rkrish (3003)
• India
31 Oct 08
Hi its a thought ever even i felt like this with my washing machine many times and ended up in washing the clothes by own as i am here to say that the handwash are better wash than to washing machines and my family also like the old ways so we kept a maid to make it hapen
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@peedielyn (1210)
• United States
31 Oct 08
Speaking of love affairs, have you tried the "vacuum broom"? I used one recently, helping a friend out. It sweeps the hardwood floor with ease and vacuums up the mess effortlessly. This is what I call a Godsend! It recharges, gets into the corners, picks up spills and you can still chase things with it. I loved it. I was saddened to go from her home. I love my friend, don't get me wrong, but I loved that neat little sucker. A broom is the best thing in the world. This thing caught the cobwebs from days gone by and the cherrios that her little one spilled. I was in love. But you are right, you can't really do all that with a vacuum. It's sad but true. Ihope you have many more memories with your broom, lol. I am getting one of those thingies for Christmas from ME! Happy Mylotting to you too.
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• India
1 Nov 08
Never heard of vacuum brooms! I don't think there are any around here. :) Cheers and thanks for the response.
• United Kingdom
31 Oct 08
I have not used a broom in years! I have become accustomed to the good old vacuum cleaner now! I have one in particular which I absolutely adore and it's called Henry! You know those Henry vaccum cleaners don't you? The ones with the smiling face? Anyway, Henry does a good job for me so I don't bother about using a broom anymore. They are handy though if you want to get rid of that little mouse from behind the freezer! Andrew
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• India
1 Nov 08
That's great! I am glad you have Henry!! He hasn't come to India yet, I guess. I don't remember seeing vacuum cleaners with smiling faces around. :) Cheers and thanks for the response.
@gabs8513 (48714)
• United Kingdom
31 Oct 08
Lol well I have to say I have not felt about a Broom that way lol but I do still have one, again though but I do prefer the Vacuum as that certainly picks up a lot more
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• India
1 Nov 08
Hehehe... I am surely you won't be able to pick Gissi's hairs with a broom. My cats shed a lot, and I don't get a single one with my broom, but the vacuum cleaner can easily suck it up. :) Cheers!
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
31 Oct 08
-you can chase anything from a millipede to a cheating partner with it love it! I am from the Philippines and vacuum cleaners are only for the rich (I doubt it, I am pretty sure even the rich people here still uses brooms) oh I love my brooms, specially the one from Baguio, the swept easy and they are good for play pretend guitar for the kids
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@balasri (26553)
• India
31 Oct 08
Great idea.Will you please clarify on which side the filthy end should be facing.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
1 Nov 08
Hahaha! You CAN chase a cheating partner with a vacuum cleaner ... but you'd look a bit silly! I don't have a vacuum cleaner any more, I just have a broom. I have wood or tiled floors, with rugs on. Sweeping the floor and shaking or washing the rugs is far easier than hauling out a vacuum cleaner all the time. The one thing I miss it for is for cleaning spider's webs off the ceilings though. Somehow, the broom just drags them around whereas the vacuum actually takes them away.
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@Hatley (164392)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Nov 08
hi positive minded you are right the good old broom is still a broom and thus we do use it more than 'the handy vacuum cleaner. I know that I feel the same way that you do about this, although I like my vacuum cleaner a lot, but the broom comes first.lol.
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
31 Oct 08
[i]Hi positive, I used broom a lot and I love it, will only use vacuum in our carpet since not the entire house is carpeted, so, I am using broom also for wood floors![/i]
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• United States
31 Oct 08
yeah the new vacuum fascination doesnt last very long does it? i like my vacuum, though i have busted the belt and STILL am waiting for you know who to get me another one, they dont carry it at the local store and he says its right next to his work..so i am patiently (lol) waiting. i do love my broom. it is fantastic to chase things with and is a favorite defense mechanism when attacked by the brave and apprantly fearless insects we get around here! but i do have some terribly sad news. i think..okay im just gonna say it quick so it hurts less..i think i need a new broom!! its the old-fashioned type with the strw bristles..and its had straggly ends trimmed a few times. but its starting to loose more bristles, enough for me to have to walk back thru and pick up the bits. oh its too horrible.i love this broom. it has the straw bristles which i like much better than those ones with the nylon or whatever it is..too soft bristles. and it has a metal handle! im not really sure why i like that, but i do lol!
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• United States
31 Oct 08
Yeah, I really love brooms! I have a 1600 dollar vacuum cleaner that had once usurped the brooms favored position in my heart. I recently took one of the nozzles out to the back yard and smashed it up out of frustration! The rest of the machine is like a squat Frankenstein, held together with duct tape and gorilla glue. I have come to the conclusion that the best floors have no carpeting, just tile or wood that can be easily swept and mopped. The best treatment for carpets is to periodically take them outside and beat the living hell out of them, and I am just not up to all that. The post mistress has a broom in the post office that I have been coveting for awhile. It's purple and pink!! I've got to have it!
• United States
31 Oct 08
PS: Oh! I forgot to add that another good use for a broom is to take a bird outside that you have rescued from your cat! My cat had brought a very handsome and spunky auburn feathered bird into the house one day and was methodically torturing it. I stomped on the cats tail and he took off like a rocket out the back door, and the bird flew to the plate glass window in my front room frantically trying to get out it. I stood in the room for a few minutes and breathed deeply, calming breaths in, calming breaths out... until I felt the bird was quiet enough to 'hear' my intentions, then I slowly took my broom and placed it beside the birds feet. It stopped trying to press itself through the glass and looked down at the broom, out through the window, back at the broom, and then confidently stepped onto the broom and let me carry it outside!
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• United States
1 Nov 08
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• India
1 Nov 08
Why not wait till that post mistress goes to take a pee and just pinch it? I am sure she won't notice for hours or, at least, till she needs it next. Cheers!
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@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
31 Oct 08
hhahahah!! I agree with you broom is a multipurpose thing, you can use it to reach out the cobwebs on your ceiling that your vacuum could not reach. But you will be having a hard time using broom in your carpet. well, these two things have their own purpose. If you have no carpet you don't need to have a vacuum cleaner, that's what I think. Yes, We have both.