We’re a busy family. Between karate classes, violin and piano lessons, PTA, girl scouts, church volunteering and marathon training – our family has a lot going on.
To enable us to maximize the time we have together, we’re blessed to have a bi-weekly housekeeping service that helps curb and control the nearly universal tendency towards entropy as far as home upkeep.
Yesterday was housekeeping day, and one of the things that we do as a family is straighten up the place before the cleaning folks arrive.
I know it seems kind of silly – almost like trimming your bangs before visiting the salon or pre-drilling a cavity before heading to the dentist – but that’s what we do.
We mainly clear the clutter from floors, tables and counters to allow the maximum cleaning for those surfaces. One of the “tricks” I do before I leave for work on housekeeping day, is that if the dishwasher is full and I’m in a rush, rather than swapping out the clean and dirty dishes – I’ll put the dirty sink dishes in the oven.
My wife is aware that I do this (and truth be told, she may have done this once or twice herself) - however, she tells me when she does it.
Yesterday, I didn’t tell her that I had filled the oven with assorted plastic dishware nor did I leave her a note to that effect and soon forgot about it altogether.
When I got home from work we discussed quick dinner options because we had a family commitment later that evening that we had to rush to. The de facto dinner choice was a delicious DiGiorno pizza – a family favorite that’s fast and easy.
So I ran upstairs to change and my wife turned on the oven. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember to tell her it was loaded with petroleum-based plastics nor did she check. The photo insert was the result.
The lessons of this story are as layered as a pile of melted plastic products:
- Communication is a bi-directional activity.
- Humans sometimes forget important details.
- plastic + high heat = toxic smelling mess
- Haste and busyness hurt meaningful communications.
- I wonder if our homeowner’s association will let me put dirty dishes on the back porch during cleaning days?
Question: Have you every had a communication breakdown?