Today has been decreed “Be Thankful You Have A Refrigerator” Day in the Common Household. It is a holiday that bears some resemblance to the recent “Be Glad You Have A Deck”Day.
In the tradition of some ancient religions, once-separate holidays were combined into one. For example, Passover is now both the celebration of the Exodus, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Likewise, in the Common Household, today’s “Refrigeration Thankfulness Day” has been conflated with “I Just Can’t Face Cleaning Off My Desk” Day and “Relief that the Fish in the Fish Tank are Still Alive” Day. (That’s a whole nuther story which I may or may not tell on this blog.)
Like most holidays the world over, this one is more work for the woman of the house. Since two of my kids left for college, the fridge has looked like Siberia – cold, empty, and grimy. I decided that today it was time to do a partial cleaning. I will try to spare you the gory details. But I must tell you with some pride that none of the living things I discovered in my refrigerator had legs. I found the Ten Lost Tribes of cottage cheese in there. And how did we get so many jars of mayonnaise when I can’t stand the stuff? Must be leftover from Thanksgiving, which would be the last time the fridge was truly cleaned out.
During my holiday celebration, I declared to myself a new refrigerator rule: all pickle-related products must reside in the door pocket rather than on a main refrigerator shelf, to prevent possible pickle juice spills. This is not my only run-in with pickle juice.
The only reason this holiday existed today is because the other main task facing me is cleaning the papers off my desk. Avoidance of this task has also recently spurred me to complete Odious Household Task #57: sweeping out the garage.
The papers are becoming overwhelming – I have not only my own papers, but papers from church, papers from school, and an entire grocery bag full of papers from my aunt’s apartment. I am hoping that the papers come to life one night and finish cleaning out the fridge.