May 18th marks one of the silliest holidays one could ever think of. Who in the world would have thunk that dirty dishes would be so popular so as to have a holiday dedicated to their grimy glory. This special day in May is called No Dirty Dishes Day.
Dirty dishes can be a pain for sure. Especially if you don’t have a dishwasher. Who wants to ever wash dishes. I certainly don’t. And because I am in the group of people sans dishwasher I tend to have dirty dishes alot. In fact, I seem to always have some in the sink.
Sure washing a pan or plate or two is easy enough. But anyone who doesn’t have a dishwasher will agree that silverware is the stuff you NEVER feel like cleaning. So it tends to sit in the sink until you are desperate for a fork and forced to wash one or use a spoon to eat your broccoli.
This minor housekeeping flaw of mine led my cousin to buy me a book last year. A book that she grew up with and that was read to her as a little girl. I never heard of this book, but its title wasn’t lost on me.
The Man Who Didn’t Wash His Dishes is a cute story about a man, not unlike myself, who did not like to wash his dishes. He loathed washing dishes so much that night after night he put it off. He continued to cook and eat but was always too tired to clean up. Soon he runs out of dishes and ends up eating out of a soap dish and then an ash tray and then flower pots.
In time, his house is filled to the brim with dirty everything. He eventually moves all the dirty stuff to the back of his flatbed truck during a rainstorm and vows to clean all the dishes right after he eats a meal from then on.
I’d like to say that I have prescribed to this lifestyle of no dirty dishes in the sink but it doesn’t always happen. But in honor of this funny holiday in May I will go in my kitchen right now and clean ALL my dirty dishes so I can say that I properly celebrated No Dirty Dishes Day!