You know what ticks me off? And I don’t mean in that “I’m gonna start breaking things here, folks..” way,but in the “oh for pete’s sake” way.
Well ok. There’s plenty of things. I will admit that. I am not the world’s easiest person to live with. at least i recognize it.
No, what really cheeses me (in a mild cheddar way, not a piquant rocinante way) is getting up in the morning to find dirty dishes in the kitchen sink. At night, before going to bed, I clean the kitchen and fix the coffee pot up. There is nothing quite as satisfying (ok there’s plenty of things as satisfying and some even MORE satisfying, but it’s a literary indulgence, so indulge me) as getting up and starting the day with a spanking clean kitchen, like a fresh sheet of paper to draw on or a brand new calendar. Fabulous!
Only, when your household has in it 2 adult offspring who still turn their underwear wrongside out to get an extra day of wear out of them, those
spawn people do not comprehend the need I have for a Fresh Start every day. Oh sure, I can yell and cry and lecture and berate…but lacking the inclination to stay up until after midnight and police the kitchen prevents me from…y’know…staying up until after midnight etc. And I really don’t feel like fighting about it,especially since their reaction would be “what’s the big deal? It’s just a couple of dishes?” Only, when there’s 3 people (2 adults ages 21 and 20,and a 12 year almost-adult)who each leave 3 dishes (a bowl,spoon and drinking glass) and they just pile them on the counter next to the sink, instead of LOOKING IN THE DISHWASHER TO SEE IF THERE’S DIRTY DISHES IN THERE AND PUTTING THEM IN THERE, it means that’s what I get to look at first thing in the morning, when all I want is to get up to a clean kitchen and have a cup of coffee.
Perhaps it is unreasonable of me to want a clean kitchen. Perhaps I’m just being ‘anal’ about it all. These are, I realize, people who turn their underwear wrongside out to avoid doing laundry for an extra day. (I’ll do their laundry for them, but only for a fee). Perhaps I should simply be grateful that the dishes actually wind up in the kitchen, instead of on the floor under their beds,or piled in the bathtub. Perhaps I should be grateful that I have dishes and a kitchen to mess up. Perhaps.