When I was a kid I didn't have a dish washer. I say I because my grandmother and my mom would say they had 3 dish washers, me and my two sisters. Since my mom learned to wash dishes from grandmother and my mom taught me, I was washing dishes the way my grandmother washed dishes. My grandmother was a child of the depression so her way of washing dishes is based on the philosophy of preserving as much of everything as possible "waste not want not" was a phrase I heard a lot growing up.
To do the dishes. First you have to rinse all the dishes off and make sure all the cups and glasses are empty. Then you rinse out the sink and fill it with very hot soapy water. The water has to be very hot so it stays hot for all the dishes. Then you wash anything glass first before the water gets greasy. No streaks on the glasses. Then all the dishes for babies so they are nice and clean. Then onto cups, bowls, plates, flatware, and then finally pots and pans. But the worse part was that both my mom and my grandmother had the same plaque hanging over the sink. So no matter whose house I was at, doing dishes I see they same words over and over and they drove me crazy. I found those words very patronizing as I stood there and did the dishes.
Fast forward to today. Due to circumstance and budgetary issues we no longer have a house keeper. So I have been doing the dishes. Right now we do not have our dishwasher installed, and the water heater for our flat is also used by the laundry room. So doing dishes the grandmother way is quite appropriate. And with the budgetary pressures bearing down on us those words that used to drive me crazy have come back to me. But now as a father and a husband those words are not so patronizing. In fact they offer some solace when things seem hard and you don't know what is going to happen next.
They have a tale to tell.
While others may be going hungry,
We are eating very well.
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