I was watching "The Today Show" this morning
while I munched my breakfast, and, No, that wasn't one of my sins, although
sometimes I feel dirty after watching that show. Matt Lauer did a segment
in which it was revealed that a possible source of our ever-increasing
autoimmune disorders in this country is -- are you ready for this? --
And that's Sin #1:
I'm not hyper-cleanly. Not even close.
I told you that so I can tell you this: Last
night I went into the girls' bathroom to check on Smedley's tooth brushing
activities, and I saw the most sodden bath mat there ever was, lying in a puddle
of its own making on the linoleum. Yes, I said linoleum -- that's Sin #2: I have the world's ugliest floors. I
bundled all of the bath mats together and hauled them off to the laundry room
and started the washer. Then I went to find Sparky. "Did you girls shower this
afternoon?" I asked.
"Yep!" answered Sparky proudly. "An' I even
cleaned the shower, too!"
Uh-oh. (Sin #3: My
shower is usually rather grungy.)
Uh-oh. "You did? Good girl! But . . .
what did you use to clean the shower?"
"Yes, but . . . what did you put the soap
"No, I mean -- did you use your hand, or what?"
I asked, knowing and dreading the answer.
"Oh, honey, please don't use your scrubby to
clean the shower. I have special sponges and brushes for the shower
[Editor's note: HA! If you actually cleaned the shower with special
brushes and sponges Sparky would not have felt compelled to clean
I told you that so I could tell you this:
having started the load of laundry and plunked the kidlets into bed with plenty
of hugs and kisses and cups of water and teddy bears and tickles and mild
threats and 47 goodnights, I promptly forgot about Sparky's soiled scrubby.
Sin #4: I am very, very forgetful. I forget exactly
This morning at promptly 6:30 6:39 a.m. I got up, grabbed a
towel and headed for the shower. I reached in and turned on the water and hung
up my robe as I waited for the hot water to kick in. Pulled back the rather
icky shower curtain and
-- cue the violins again --
looked at the shower floor.
Why hadn't I looked last night? Oh yeah, I forgot -- Sin
#4. Scrubbies, all over the floor, along with everything else in the
shower. MY scrubby, lying in a puddle of its own making. Sparky had neglected
to tell me THE WHOLE STORY.
I told you all of that so I could tell you
this: If Matt Lauer can be believed, then my family and I are probably not in
any danger of autoimmune diseases. And that leads to Sin #7: I'm easily distracted from matters of importance by shiny
things. Or was that Sin