Monday, February 12, 2007

Of Knitting Socks, and Cleaning Bathrooms

Yesterday was Sunday, and Sunday is a big day for me. I clean bathrooms, of which we now have 3! As I woke up, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, it almost felt like spring, minus a few degrees. I thought, maybe I won't clean...Maybe I could just sit in my comfy lounge chair, and knit Rolfe's socks... No, no, no...I thought. Come on Caroline, there has to be something good about cleaning bathrooms! And then, I had a great new idea, what if I tried to see common points between cleaning bathrooms, and knitting socks. I proceeded to make a mental list of the resemblance.
Actually, it is really not that far fetched. You knit socks for yourself or for others. It is a gift of love. You clean bathrooms for yourself and for others, and it is very appreciated. You can knit socks in many ways. You can knit them with dpts, or circulars. You can clean a bathroom with a scrubby, or a sponge, you can use liquid cleaner, powdery cleaner, or foam. You can knit socks, from the top or from the toe, and there are many possibilitites for the heel. You can knit a short row heel, a flap heel, an after thought heel. It is the same with bathrooms. You can start with the bathtub, and finish with the toilet, or vice versa, etc... I was already feeling better about cleaning the bathrooms. It was not all that bad. So for safety, I decided to conjure up a few more positive associations. When you decide to knit a sock, you go to your stash, or go to the store and you pick the yarn. Well, when you need to clean the bathroom, you go to your cleaning product stash, or to the market, to get your materials. I thought, not bad! So I carefully got up, as if I was afraid a brusk movement would make me lose my good thoughts. I went to my cleaning product stash. I picked a light yellow bottle, deep yellow gloves, a teal blue scrubby, a green smooth sponge, and an oatmeal wiping cloth. The palette was fantastic! I entered the first bathroom, ready to make magic, I decided I would start with the tub, I sprinkled some yellow product, and as I started rubbing, like a souffle, my enthusiasm collapsed. No matter how much you work on a bathroom, no matter how much you scrub, the bathroom only goes from a filmy white to a white! Whereas a sock, is a colorful wonder... Reds, yellows, blues, greens, and every color in between... So I put the cleaning products back in the stash, and went to sit on my lounge chair, with Rolfe's socks, and I thought I'll never like cleaning bathrooms, at least not until they invent a cleaning product that changes the bathroom colors, or stripes!!!