GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis mother of four Michele Keylor went viral earlier this month online as her son posted a photo of her closed down living room that was to remain shut until Thanksgiving Day.
According to Keylor, her oldest son had gone off to attend to his duties in the Army National Guard and she decided to do some “deep cleaning” for the holiday. She shampooed rugs, vacuumed and more, in preparation for family and visitors over the holiday. Her son, Nick Denbow, posted a photo of her taped down living room entrance with a note on Twitter which soon garnered the attention of websites like Buzzfeed and Today.com.
The note lists that the living room was closed off until Thanksgiving Day and that “special permission will be considered for you (her children) to sit on my clean furniture or walk on my clean carpet after the following conditions are met.”
Keylor then went on to list that her children must have showered, be wearing freshly laundered clothing and that no drinks or food could be brought into the living room, if she was feeling up to granting them permission to cross her tape barrier.
She then signed the note as “Payer of Bills,” “Mom,” and other such titles as “Queen of the Castle.”
Keylor told the Tribune it was not uncommon for her family to leave notes for one another in occasional spurts of family fun. She noted she would sometimes leave lists of chores for her children and they at times might sign the notes back listing another family to do their chores as part of the lists of designated tasks.
Keylor said she was surprised at the sudden popularity of the post as the activity was just her family members playing to their natural personalities.