I like to use deadlines to finish up projects and slick the house into shape, as it’s nice to occasionally have the entire house clean at once. Everything swept, mopped, dusted and arranged just so. I’ve worked very hard through the years to declutter and the house reflects this effort. Hosting a Japanese exchange student this week was the perfect opportunity to let my home shine.
Of course, there’s always something.
You may remember that I painted one of my kitchen cabinets with chalkboard paint a few years ago, which at this point barely catches my attention. And until recently, it read “We miss aunt Jessie.” Somehow the name “Jessie” was replaced by a certain member of the male anatomy, which didn’t bother me. (As a labor and delivery nurse, I have a high tolerance for bodily humor.) However . . . not exactly what I would have chosen to display for our Japanese exchange student.
It took until the second day of Kentaro’s visit for me to notice that we had the word “penis” proudly displayed in the kitchen. I’m not sure if he noticed, but I’m certainly sure that I won’t be asking him.
Good thing that I have the sense of humor, right?
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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