Extra Toothbrushes and Clean Toilets


Saturday, November 11, 2006

Extra Toothbrushes and Clean Toilets

My house usually seems reasonably tidy. But the clutter is hiding. There are several “hot spots” in my home, one of them is the toothbrush drawer in the bathroom.
We have a delightful assortment of toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss in our drawer. The toothbrushes are of various colors, sizes and brands. We have many more toothbrushes than people in our home who brush their teeth.
The reason for this is twofold. First, we have several people who stay overnight on occasion, Gram Gram and Farmor come to help Mama and enjoy the children. Justin (our 5th son 😉 is here more often than he is not and we have occasional visitors when they are in town.
Some of the toothbrushes belong to these, our part time housemates. I probably have 2 or 3 because I always forget to throw my old one out when I get my new one from Dr. Tom, the friendly Sicilian dentist. And the remainder of them???? I have no idea, the stories they must be able to tell, the mouths they’ve seen…each of the boys have at least one….
Anyway I’ve been trying to “declutter” my life, as I am a “Fly baby” now (another story for another time) and the toothbrush drawer has been taunting me, I don’t quite know what to do about it. Well, sometimes if you wait long enough a “hot spot” will take care of itself in some fashion, usually with a little help from someone else.
In the case of the “nightmare toothbrush drawer that became a city unto itself”, one of my delightful children stepped in to help Mama out.
Seannie is a quiet boy, who thoughtfully considers things before taking action. He has the most beautiful face, with serious eyes…you can almost hear the gears turning when you watch him go about his day. That drawer must have been on his mind lately too.
I was busy at the opposite end of the house the other day when I heard splashing. The doors of the bathrooms are normally closed to keep the boys out of them..but on this particular day SOMEONE had left them open and Seannie had taken the opportunity to take care of the toothbrush drawer for me.
He was gleefully scrubbing the inside of the toilet with four toothbrushes (2 in each hand). Way to go Sean bon! Now thats the way to multitask! A clean toilet AND now we have to throw away those 4 toothbrushes….but NOOO upon closer inspection as I leaned forward to check out his scrubbing method I noticed that 3 other toothbrushes, 4 miniature tubes of toothpaste and 2 containers of floss are floating around in the toilet like boats trying to find their way out of a harbor.
Way to go Sean Bon! Problem solved! The next time you want to use a toothbrush at our house…..make sure it is dry!

10:27 am est

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