Kitchen Sink Confessions

I have a confession to make, but you have to promise not to tell my husband or children. 

Promise?  Okay.

love to wash dishes!

I cook three meals a day, plus lunches for the kiddies to take to school, afternoon snacks and dessert.  All of this for 6 people.  The dirty dishes just pile up.  And not just dishes,  There's pots and pans, silverware, glasses and cups.  But, I don't mind.

Some might suggest that I make everyone wash their own dishes to lighten my load.  But why would I want to do a crazy thing like that? 

Let me let you in on another secret.  All moms need a break every now and then. 

The reason I take such joy in washing dishes is simple.  It is one of the only times of day that I have all to myself.

On the surface, I appear to be washing dishes.  But I like to take that time to clear my head.  Gather my thoughts.  Reflect on what has happened throughout the day.  Vent a few frustrations.  Pray.  Contemplate world events.  Plan the rest of my day.  Daydream.  Draft future blog posts.  I swear, I have my best ideas while standing at the kitchen sink. 

After a few minutes of washing dishes, I am refreshed.  Its the best therapy and meditation session all rolled into one.  Only it didn't cost me a dime.  Well, maybe I do spend a few pesos on liquid dish soap and hand moisturizer.  But its money and time well spent. 

Now remember...this is between you and me!

With Love,
Leslie Limon

13 comments

  1. Leslie, I also enjoy washing dishes! Not as much for the time to myself, but because I see it as the sign of 'finishing the job' after cooking a meal...a sense of accomplishment.

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  2. Not so much a dish washerer, but when stressed and overwhelmed I used to iron. It was a task that had a completion and lots of time to think also.

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  3. I love doing laundry. Folding is the best part. I also enjoy washing all my fruits and vegetables. I think all their shapes, textures and colors all piled up in the drying rack is beautiful.

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  4. such a simple chore and yet so true! For 17 years of my marriage I washed by hand... then we had the house fire and I was able to purchase a dishwasher! I have to say I don't miss washing, but reading your view of it refreshed me. Thanks Leslie!

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  5. Pray Tell how your dishes look when you vent your frustrations?
    I would assume they are melamine or plastic?
    I not dislike washing, but in the process use too much water....I'll leave it to the professionals...

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  6. Leslie - Lol I get it! I'm the same way when it comes to folding laundry :) I write a lot of blog posts in my head during that time - :P - and even jot down little notes so I don't forget! (I'm a dork, please keep my secret too) :P

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  7. Thanks Leslie! You have now given me another suggestion for a way some of my clients can meditate. Don't worry I'll change your name :)

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  8. Oh Leslie - I wish I enjoyed doing the dishes. I actually can't stand it, but I do get what you mean! I'm like Gringa - I like doing laundry... i do, even ironing. That's the same - I watch my own show, I have time to just "think"

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  9. Somedays I like doing dishes....then other days....I dont! No rhyme or reason...just do some and dont some. Great blog entry!

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  10. I used to live on a bluff over the Pacific, and from my kitchen window over the sink I could see whales sometimes. And sunsets.

    Not to complain, but dishwashing at the moment is an ordeal, because I can't use the kitchen sink in my new condo. I have to take my clothes off and wash dishes in the shower! Hopefully the plumber comes tomorrow (third time I'll have waited for him).

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  11. Ugh, I am not fond of doing dishes... although i don't mind them as much as I used too. If you ever feel the need to do more, or would like to volunteer your services to feel a bit more "refreshed," you are always welcome at my house!

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  12. LEAH: I also love that feeling of accomplishment after washing dishes.

    BABS: For all of us its something different.

    CHRISSY: The way I feel about laundry is how others feel about washing dishes. It is a necessary evil, but I don't take joy in it. Although, I know that I should.

    MISSY: I'm glad this post was able to refresh your memory! :D

    TANCHO: Ha-ha! When I vent my frustrations, I make sure that its while I'm washing pots and pans.

    GRINGA: I have a little notebook that I carry around with me where I write down every single idea that pops into my head.

    OMT: I know what you mean! I only like to fold laundry because I get to watch my shows!

    SUNSHINE: I like washing dishes. I may not always get them finished, but when I do, I love it!

    BLISS: If I had that sort of view, I'd stay at the kitchen sink all day.

    REFRIED: When I was a teen, I hated to wash dishes at home. But if I was at a friends house, I loved helping out! :D

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  13. So I have to say Im more of a laundry person. But its because the laundry is outside. When I do the dishes I look outside and think that thats where I should be. I like the idea of using as a time to pray and think. Maybe that will make it more a pleasurable time for me. I think its something of the movements needed for laundry also that are relaxing. More large motor skills. ;) Again its so good to be back reading blogs, yours is always so uplifting. Thanks

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