This post came to me while I was in the shower. This actually makes sense if you read on.
L goes to work earlier than me. He is up and ready to go before I have half-opened one swollen eye. We have a shower with glass doors that leaves water marks unless you squeegee it. Because I am the last person to shower, I have the job of squeegeeing. Literally every day, I stand in the shower and see the outline of my husband’s face and hear his voice all Wizard of Oz style telling me, “Squeegee the shower, Carly.”

I am on auto-pilot most mornings, so I usually do it without thinking. But sometimes, I get lazy and actually have an internal debate with myself whether to squeegee or not. Once or twice, I have wiped the door with my towel in order to avoid doing it. I liken it to when I was five years old and used to run my toothbrush under the running water to “trick” my parents into believing I brushed my teeth.

One time the fact that I was crapping out on my squeegee-ing duties came up during a fight. I couldn’t believe he actually had PENT UP frustration at me for forgetting to squeegee (a fact he disputes, but come on, it got mentioned!) I, on the other hand, probably wouldn’t notice if he painted the bathtub a different color, let alone if he cleaned condensation off a shower door. I am totally the dude in this relationship.
Anyway, we are different people. It takes a delicate balance and fair amount of compromise to make it work. When he married me, he resigned himself to getting a little messy, and I resigned myself to getting a little organized.
I don’t think I could marry someone exactly like me or we’d probably spend too much time talking about what needs to get done and not doing any of it. L probably couldn’t marry someone too much like him, because they’d burn the house down fighting over who vacuums the carpet better and why.
And that’s the story of me and The Squeegee.

March 12, 2010

thelessthandomesticgoddess

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    Anonymous

    March 11, 2010

    I've been lurking for awhile now. Love your blog and can totally relate to this post. Thanks for making me laugh this morning.

    teresa

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    tinypaperheart

    March 12, 2010

    so true. the happy middle. 🙂

    that's awesome that we share the same wedding date!

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    Anonymous

    March 12, 2010

    I TOTALLY know what you're talking about! I use to have to squeegee the doors whenever I showered at my husband's house. Now we share a shower that has stainless steel appliances. After every shower, I will use a hand towel that is designated just for this purpose and wipe those darn knobs down so "it won't leave water marks in the long run"…even if I am not the last one to shower! Not that it has bothered me too much…but I do get a comment once in a while when I "forget" to wipe them dry. Thanks so much for amusing posts and reminding your readers that we aren't the only ones squeegeeing.

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    Mrs. Tortolita

    March 12, 2010

    LOL This post made me laugh. Isn't funny how the stupidest things come up during fights?

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    thelessthandomesticgoddess

    March 16, 2010

    @Teresa: Thanks for reading my blog, and for coming out of "lurking" status! 🙂
    @tinypaperheart: Yay for June 27th!
    @anonymous: Thanks, fellow squeegee friend! 🙂
    @Mrs. Tortolita: 98% of our fights are about the most insignificant things. I would be really embarrassed if someone heard us.

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