I feel like Lady Macbeth. Today, Bing and I were chatting at dinner and I teased her about her obsession with our lawn. It is um...SNOWING here today and she was all in a tizzy because the lawn needed to be mowed. I told her to relax and see this as a lucky break. It's wet and slushy snow. It will be gone in a few days. In the meantime, just chill.
She gave me a long look.
B: You think I'm obsessive don't you?
M: Well, yeah. A little bit.
B: You know, we all have our little obsessions.
M: Who me? I'm not obsessive.
Bing snickers. Just a little. Just enough to let me know that I am so wrong.
M: How exactly am I obsessive? Do tell.
B: Well, you have that hand washing problem.
M: What hand washing problem?
B: Come with me.
She leads me into the bathroom. Points to the sink. I look. There is our bottle of Endure 420 Cida-Stat(chlornexidine gluconate 2% solution.) Next to it is my big bottle of Germ-X hand sanitizer.
M (with complete innocence): So what? It is hand scrub and sanitizer.
B: No. It is SURGICAL hand scrub, Maria. Do we really need to wash our hands as if we are preparing to do surgery?
I get this stuff from a friend of mine who just happens to be a surgeon, yes. And, okay. I wash my hands frequently. And follow up with hand sanitizer. Just. To. Be. Safe.
Okay, maybe I am a little obsessive. But, to my credit, none of us has had a cold in a long time. I tell Bing this, trying to keep the shrillness out that creeps into my voice when I feel put upon.
B: Honey, you wash your hands...well...a lot.
M: I DO NOT!!
Bing sighs. She knows that resistance is futile. I win most arguments by simply outlasting her.
She hasn't said another thing. But, now I keep catching myself going in to wash my hands. I DO wash my hands a lot. Probably about 5 times a day. Is that too much? Should I just let my hands stay yucky after I clean the bird cage or the fish bowl?
Well, there are worse things, I suppose. I could be a nose picker. Or snort when I laugh. Or overuse phrases like "You don't say!" or "I'll be a monkey's uncle." Now, THAT would be annoying.
I could be a counter. I used to know a person who had to count everything. Steps. Marbles in a bowl. Potato chips on a plate.
I don't do that. I just wash my hands a lot. Well, not alot, but okay, frequently. And, I don't scrub my hands for minutes on end. Just the um..normal amount of time. I think. Ok. Let me know. How often per day do y'all wash your hands?
I'm getting a little defensive here. Would she prefer that I let us all catch colds all the time?
Maybe I need to wean myself off the surgical scrub, though. I mean, maybe switch to Dial or something?
Do any of you have any obsessive habits? Please say you do.