Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I have recently come to realize I might be a little obsessive about my plastic container cabinet. My parents didn't have a plastic container cabinet until recently. They had a drawer about a foot deep that was level to the top with lids and bowls. When you wanted to store your leftovers, you opened the drawer and started pulling out bowls and random lids until something matched. When you found what you needed, you stood on top of all the bowls and lids and jumped up and down until you could get the drawer closed again (OK, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but not much).
Recently when I went to visit my parents my mom asked me to clean out their drawer and arrange everything in the cabinet in their island. I was positively GIDDY I tell you. Fishing out bowls and lids and throwing away sacks full of empty butter and Cool Whip dishes was so cathartic. (I was ordered not to tell my dad I had thrown them away because he likes to save them and gets heart palpitations when you throw something away that MIGHT be useful....next year).
Anyhoo, when we got it all done I felt this warm calm come over me like I had just figured out my meaning in life. It wasn't quite the feeling I had when they placed my newborn child on my chest, but it was close. I slept like a baby that night.
It was at that point I realized I MIGHT be a titch obsessed with the neatness of my plastic container cabinet. I thought it was completely normal to arrange all your containers according to size so that you get the maximum stacking capacity. And all lids should be stacked from back to front in descending order according to size so that you have maximum visibility for easy retrieval. Square containers are stacked inside square containers and round containers inside round ones. There shall be no mixing of geometric shapes, for this is an abomination in container storage!.....I mean...anyway, that's kinda what I would say if I were REALLY obsessed. But I'm not.
And then I'm reminded of this episode....
I ask, "Ummm, what are you doing?!?" His response was, "I make french toast, Mommy."
He is lucky he's cute.
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