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Clean up your own mess

Clean up your own mess

Last night I washed the dishes. Yes, I did. All of them except for a frying pan and the blender. When I woke up this morning there were no dirty dishes on the kitchen counter. I am grateful the frying pan and blender were washed last night.

After I washed the dishes yesterday I made notes and taped them to the kitchen cupboards. How can I expect my family to know what to do if I don’t tell them? They can’t read my mind. I thought they could. I really did. I thought they would look at my face and know they should clean up their own messes. See the raised eyebrows? That means when you cook something, you cook, eat, clean and  put away.

Clean up your own mess

If you want people to know what to expect you have to tell them. Raised eyebrows are not enough to instruct clearly. For example: when you fry a hamburger, after you have eaten your hamburger, wash the frying pan and put it away. Then when someone else comes in the kitchen the frying pan is clean for them to use.

A little kindness from person to person is better than a vast love for all humankind.
Richard Dehmel (1863-1920); Poet, Playwright

Cleaning up your own mess is an act of kindness from one person to another person.

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If I was truly kind I would have washed the frying pan and the blender last night too. But I am not perfect, I am partially crabby. Last night I was very crabby.

Clean up your own mess.

It is 6:44 in the morning, I need to leave enough time to cook my breakfast, eat it, and then wash my dishes and put them away.

Will you wash your own frying pan this morning? Please tell me in the comments. I would love to chat. (After I wash my dishes.)

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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