I don't think I've mentioned it before, but I have a little Contamination Issue. That is, if I handle raw meat, even through plastic, what I'd really like to do afterward is hit a switch that would lightly spray the entire kitchen, including me, with bleach. Except that wouldn't be quite thorough enough, because it wouldn't reach under my fingernails, inside the trash can where the meat wrapper is, the undersides of the cabinets where meaty air molecules may have drifted, etc.
Well, big deal, a lot of people have issues with raw meat--and with all the news stories on e coli this and salmonella that, it's hardly surprising that some of us have gotten overly yicked out.
Less common is that I feel the same way about my mother-in-law. After she visits, I don't like to sit in the chair she sat in, use the dishes she used, touch surfaces she touched. While she's on her way to the airport, I'm busy using products that contain abrasives and/or antibacterials and/or bleach. The effect lingers: two years after a visit during which she happened to use one plate more than any other, I still feel woogy about that plate. I've never used it. It makes me think of her every time I see it.
This is too bad, because I liked that plate. I like ALL my dishes, which are a "buy one here, two there" mixed set. So what I was thinking is that I would box them all up during her visit "sometime next month" (two weeks until October and she still hasn't said when in October she'll be here, or for how long), and instead use a set of dishes I would purchase to use only during her visits. Not expensive dishes, just one of those $25-50 service-for-four (the kids eat off plastic dishes so we don't need more than that) boxed sets. I saw a set of black dishes at Wal*yick*mart, on clearance for $11.50; my mom thought the symbolism of the black made them the best choice.
But before I get carried away with dish symbolism, what I want to know is this: Does this plan sound a little...crazy to you? (If your mother-in-law is "an awesome lady!!" and "pretty much my second mom!!," you may need to imagine someone else using your dishes.)
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