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For years I ignored it. It just couldn’t be. In the staff room, after lunch, those soapy dishes left in the drying rack… I mean, surely, someone was going to come along and rinse them, right? The soapy residue taste when I ate a friend’s house… well, I must have been imagining it.
Australia - Years - Everything - Anyways - Soap
When I moved to Australia seven years ago, everything was new anyways, so what was a little soap on the dishes?
When you witness something that’s borderline sketchy…. what do you do?
I dared not speak up.
What if I offended? What if I looked stupid? What if I wrongly accused people of not washing soap of the dishes, when in fact they were?!
Mouth - Years
I kept my mouth shut for years.
I had good faith that those soapy dishes, left dripping in the dish rack, were secretely rinsing themselves.
Day - Group - Friends - Nerve
Until… one day, amongst a group of good friends, I finally built up the nerve to ask.
“Nell…” I said.
“Yes…” She replied.
“Nooowrrr…” (That’s “No” in Australian) She answered.
Hands - Temples - Brows
I put my hands to my temples and furrowed my brows.
“Are you serious!?” I blurted out!
“Well… Are you suppoooosed to rinse them?” She said.
We took a poll. Almost everyone in the room did NOT rinse the soap off their dishes when hand washing. If they did, it was selected rinsing. They might rinse a mug, but not their pots. They might dump a jug of fresh water over all the soapy dishes in the dish rack, *if* they felt like it, to get the extra soap off.
Riot - Time - Energy - Soap - Dishes
It was a riot. We were cracking up. They couldn’t believe I wasted the time and energy to rinse. I couldn’t believe they left soap on their dishes.
“So, what happens to the soap?” I asked.
“It just evaporates. You can’t taste it.” They all said.
I taste it.
But, at least now, I accept it…...
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