I have probably mentioned a few times….. I am a clean freak. Just a little bit.
Not surprisingly, the kids don’t appreciate a sparkling floor as much as I do. Gleaming fixtures do nothing for them. The smell of lemon fresh pine sol doesn’t spark joy, it just makes them hide.
I was in whirlwind clean mode today after bringing Sammy home from school. When Jake, the teen got home, I followed him up to his room…. this is after I’d washed floors, vacuumed, and cleaned 2 bathrooms….
“Look,” I said to him, holding a box of miracle Clorox singles scrubs.
“These things are amazing! Even YOU can keep your bathroom clean-FINALLY-if you just use these once or twice a week!”
He wasn’t impressed. Kind of lingered in the doorway and I could tell I was losing his interest. It looked like he needed a demonstration.
Desperate to get his attention, to engage him in my cleaning fetish, I force him to watch as I blast the sink and start scrubbing it.
“Watch me!, just watch….. see how easy it is!!!”
I lather, I rinse, I repeat…. and off to the toilet to show him how the SAME sponge has enough cleanser to continue the job here. You can use the same one!!!
All the while he is mumbling about how it doesn’t even look dirty to him as I bitch about the toothpaste marks, hair, and good old dust showing up all over the place.
And it’s sparkling, clean…. I feel great!
Except I was supposed to make him do it.
Oh well. At least I know I have a good day or two before my beautiful job is buried under another coating of grime and apathy.