We’re having a nice morning. Every one is well rested, all have the day off and, miracle of miracles, it is sunny in Pacifica. We may even go swimming later.
Two of the five Fentanes females that live under this roof were gone for two of the three days this weekend. And the Fentanes female, who shall remain nameless, and who does a lot of the housework (no guilt intended, well maybe a little) cleaned the kitchen, even mopped the floor, and spit and polished the bathroom. The weekend has been very productive, housework-wise.
In an attempt to extend the cleanliness of the apartment, the bathroom in particular, housecleaning Fentanes female asked very nicely, even sweetly, to her x-chromosomed brood, “Ladies, do you think today it’s possible we could keep the bathroom looking like it does at this moment?”
I did not intend to create a ripple in the cosmos, but the effect of that question on those eight ears, was remarkable.
“Mom, we’re girls, we’re not guys. We can’t keep the bathroom clean.”
One was speechless, and the other one was so engrossed in some life-or-death battle on Fortnite that there was no response.
What is it with females and the bathroom facilities? It seems like the room is an extension of their very lives. The make-up, the towel mountain, the bras… Geez, I’ve got like two. I’ve never seen so many bras. And the hair. I’ve already had maintenance out twice to unclog the sink. He asked, “What’s down there?”
“Uh, lots of hair and maybe the Alexa remote, I have no idea.”
I grew up with Noxema and Oil of Olay. Now there are five varieties of just Vitamin E oil, two large containers of coconut oil, an array of shampoos and conditioners. The White Rain (you know, the 99-cent store variety) is mine, of course. Razors, rings, soaps, solutions, brushes, bras — I tell you, I am amazed at the stuff that’s out there. Fake eyelashes that look like spiders. Not what I like to see on the counter first thing in the morning.
We live with one son. One young man who possesses one bottle of shampoo, one toothbrush, one hair cutting kit; that’s all. I think the girls believe the bathroom is an annex to their closets and make-up bags.
Two of the characteristics you need as a mother are patience and flexibility. I’ve learned when to throw in the towel, or just pick it up. I’ve lived with personalities that never change. So, when it comes to my females and the bathroom facilities, I accept the things I cannot change and wait for the serenity that God is going to grant me.
Later in the day, one of the females eagerly asked, “Mom, what do we get for keeping the bathroom clean?”
“A clean bathroom,” was my serene reply.
— Donna Fentanes
Blogger Donna Fentanes is a mother of 10 kids living in Pacifica. She mixes humor and philosophical musings with everyday life.