Soap for the Weary

I stayed up too late last night.  I wandered straight past tired, hung a right, staggered a bit, and arrived at delirium.  When I finally crawled into bed and pulled the covers up, I was spent.

As is their custom, the kids climbed into our bed early this morning.  I'm pretty sure the first words out of my mouth were, "You have got to be kidding me."

Even now, hours later, a sleep-deprived haziness clouds my thoughts.

I noticed this when I attempted to wash my hands at the kitchen sink.  At Christmas my mother-in-law gave me a newfangled soap dispenser, one that contains a motion detector and automatically pumps a generous dollop of soap into your outstretched hand.  It's pretty neat.

Each time it dispenses soap, it makes a whiling sound that causes everyone in the kitchen to cock their heads to the side and ask, "What was that?"

So, I approached the dispenser, extended my hands underneath, caught the soap in my upturned palms, and then moved my hands under the faucet.

I waited.

I swept my hands side to side to trigger the motion detector.  The motion detector that automatically turns my faucet on and doesn't exist.

I'd like to report that I was quick to notice and correct this mistake, but that wasn't quite the case.  Obviously, at my house we have soap -- but no sink -- for the weary.


  1. I have SO been here before! I have turned on the oven, made cornbread...and then put it in the microwave & turned on the timer. When the timer beeped I opened the oven...COMPLETELY confused! It look a good minute or two until I realized what I did...then had to wait another 10 minutes for it to bake!

  2. I'm vacillating between empathy for your fatigue and envy over that soap dispenser. I totally understand that initial groan when a youngster crawls into bed with you too. No matter how much you know you need to hold on to the moment because it's so fleeting. Holding on to sleep is important too. ::sigh:: I'm so, so sorry.

  3. Katie, that is one of the best stories ever. I could visualize it perfectly!

    Mom Chef, thanks so much. A good night sleep has made all the difference.

  4. I must admit that I love your story which, to me, is very funny and instructive. But taking everything into consideration I have to say that soap dispenser is really magical and extremely useful device. It is not only providing us with endurance and productivity, but it is also much more functional and practical than an ordinary bar of soup as well as it does not make any mess or leaves stains. Besides, due to the fact that this device is really easy to use, it is appropriate for everybody irrespective of the age!


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