My lovely cousin was in town all weekend for a conference and we discovered that our husbands have something in common: they half ass the dishes.
Now, I adore my husband, let that be known. He has wonderful qualities I cannot wait to see imparted to our yet-to-be son, but this. This is not one of his good qualities. He seems to think that he gets credit for doing the dishes even when he leaves the big pots ostensibly "to soak." What that really means is "until you do them." So basically, I do the dishes at my times to do them and I do the hard part at his times. I thought this phenomenon was unique to my husband. Turns out? Not so unique.
How many other women find this to be true? Do your husbands, partners, spouses, lovers half ass the dishes, too? Do they throw Q-tips in the toilet? Leave the seat up (or worse, dribble and not wipe it up)? I seriously wonder if there is some kind of male finishing school I can send my son to because I do not want his future wife thinking that I taught him such bad habits.
Why do men have these universal traits? This is a mystery for the ages. I can say one thing for sure, though. Our house will have equity. If I teach Sam to bake bread, little Hank will learn, too. If Sam's chore is the dishes, Hank's will be the next night. They will both be required to learn proper table manners and basic bathroom etiquette. I am not going to treat my boy and girl any differently. This, I hope, will breed the kind of boy who does not half ass the dishes. But just in case, I am saving this post for his future wife. See! It is not my fault!