My Pet Peeve for the Letter D
D is for Dirty Dishes left in the sink.
I really don’t consider myself as being neurotic, but if there is one thing that totally gets me going is leaving dirty dishes in the sink. When I was a kid my older sister and I had the task of clearing the table after dinner and making sure the dishes were washed, dried and put away. I used to hate doing it but over the years it became the normal part of the after dinner chores. I guess that’s why it really gets to me when I see a sink load of dirty dishes that no one has even attempted to do. It’s even worse when the left-over food scrapes are not scraped into the trash can. I had instilled this in my kids as they grew up and now that they are off on their own that chore has reverted back to me. Even with big family and holiday dinners I cannot sit back and NOT do the dishes. I have to have a clean counter in order to be able to sit back and relax.
My sister in law is terrible when it comes to this so I asked her one night how she can manage to leave all the dishes this way. She just shrugged and said nothing so as soon as I had the chance I filled up her sink and did the dishes. I could not believe she just sat there and watched me as we chatted but I said nothing except the odd interruption when I would ask where things went. After I was done, I sat down and smiled. She never said anything so neither did I. Now when I go over to visit I make sure I stay out of her kitchen and plop myself on her couch where I don’t have to see the mess in the kitchen!