Monday, February 9, 2009

Monday Memories: "there she was just walkin' down the street"

Shocker: I hate doing dishes. I always have. This menial task was always a source of contention in the Bee household with Momma explaining that we didn't need a dishwasher because she had three of them: one to wash, one to dry, and one to clean off the table and put the dishes away.

As soon as a meal was finished, the competition would begin. No one liked to dry. Clearing the table and putting dishes away was the easiest of the tasks, so it was the most highly coveted. Kiki, the world's slowest eater, often seemed like she was merely taking her sweet time to get put on the latter task by default. Those who had to skip out of the house early for soccer practice would rejoice in the fact that they had been saved.

There was one thing that could save us from killing each other during dish time -- Mom's old Solid Gold cassettes. It wasn't possible to be bitter when you were busy shaking your hips and singing "Lollypop" or "Do Wah Diddy Diddy". Singing along to those tapes made us seem like friendly siblings between the brush-throwing and hair-pulling. It provided a glimpse of what life would be like when we all surpassed the "bitchy teenage girl" stage and moved away from home. It's not saying that we're perfect all of the time now, but the way that we get along is much more as it was when we were dancing together to those old hits than it was when we were hurling random objects and mean comments at each other.

So, little one, if you want to maybe do your big sister a favour and make her a copy of those old tunes that you've scrounged up... she'd make sure you were rewarded appropriately. Hint, hint.

6 comments:

Kaye Bee said...

You mean the dishwasher that works by voice command? I hate that thing. haha. I wish we had one that ran by buttons, I hear they are much more high tech.... I know... how can you get more high tech than voice command?

Kyla Bea said...

lol This is too cute! We do our own dishes here & I dont mind it, I get to listen to the radio and zone...

...which accounts for all the broken glasses, actually.

Sarah said...

Aw, what a sweet memory. My parents used to say the same dishwasher line. Although there were only two of us.
My brother and I used to listen to Disney soundtracks and I'd make him sing the part of all the muses in Hercules as my backup while we fought over washing duty. Definitely some of the biggest laughs I can remember are from that time.

Elle Bee said...

Haha. I love that, Sarah.

mieletcannelle said...

This makes me smile - I know a million first lines of songs like this thanks to my mom, and dancing around in the kitchen. Sadly, we all took off after the first line, if that gives you any indication of our families singing abilities. *smile*

Jacqueline said...

Doing the dishes is my least favorite household task. Well, that and putting away laundry.