Monday, May 11, 2015

What Murphy's Oil Soap Smells Like

The other day I cleaned my kitchen cabinets with Murphy's Oil Soap, a rarely considered household chore.  As I dipped my wash rag into the sudsy bucket and breathed the mild soap scent, it reminded me of an afternoon years ago when my parents had been visiting.

I don't recall many details of that particular visit -- when it took place, why they had come -- except that my mother had noticed that my kitchen cabinets were badly in need of attention.  I came downstairs and found her washing the last cabinet, a bucket beside her and a bottle of Murphy's Oil Soap on the kitchen counter.

My mom had observed a need, and because she's my mother, she met that need.  This is what mothers do.

Want to know what Murphy's Oil Soap smells like to me?  It smells like a mother's thoughtfulness and love.

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