While I enjoy cooking – I do NOT enjoy the thing that comes after the meal’s been enjoyed: CLEANING UP. I hate doing dishes. There’s no real mystery why:
[CUE FLASHBACK MUSIC AND VIDEO EFFECT. FADE UP ON A TEEN GIRL’S BEDROOM SEVERAL DECADES AGO (never you mind how many). GIRL IS IN A DEEP SLEEP, CURLED UP WITH HER STUFFED ANIMALS WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN: ]
MOM: “I TOLD you, if there was another dirty dish in the cabinet you’d wash ALL of the dishes in the kitchen – GET UP!”
After jumping to attention, teen practically sleepwalks down the stairs to kitchen. What she sees clearly wakes her: All of the pots, pans, Tupperware, silverware, glasses, cups and dishes are piled on the counter and table tops…
[BACK TO PRESENT DAY… SHIVER]
I had to wash, dry and put them all away – on a school night! My Mom was, by no means, a tyrant; she was just tired of finding guck caked on items that were supposed to be clean. Believe me when I tell you: I got the message.
That event triggered 2 conflicting issues for me:
- I HATE doing the dishes
- I’d rather do the dishes than to get grossed out by finding dirty “clean” dishes
But my boys have to learn how to do the dishes. They are 12 and 9 1/2, (the half's very important),and they need to add dish-washing to their skill set. Aside from teaching them self-sufficiency (I'd hate for them to like a woman because they are impressed with her kitchen-cleaning skills), it'd ease the housework burden a smidge and they'd learn to appreciate the value of not grabbing a new glass every time they pull something out of the fridge.
Yeah, I know it has to happen... So far, they're in charge of loading and emptying the dishwasher.
[ANOTHER FLASHBACK: MIDDAY IN A WOOD-PANELED KITCHEN A TEEN GIRL IS DRYING AND PUTTING AWAY THE DISHES SHE JUST WASHED]
GIRL: “Mom, why can’t we get an automatic dishwasher”
MOM: “We have one”
GIRL: “We do?”
MOM: “Yes. You.”
[BACK TO PRESENT DAY]
No… I haven’t taught my sons how to wash dishes yet, because I’m still working through some things…
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