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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Something Floral

Du-dum. Du-dum. Dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-du-du-duuhhh!
He’d been away at work.
Ten days on.
And now he was home for his four days off.
The kids were in bed and he and his wife were preparing for a similar eventuality.
He was brushing his teeth.
His toothbrush was lying, conveniently, at the edge of the sink.
He grabbed it and shoved it under the water from the tap.
Then added a small strip of toothpaste.
And proceeded with the business portion of the endeavour.
At first, the pleasant taste of mint suffused his tongue.
Then . . . something different.
Floral?
Was he tasting something floral?
The scent wafted up through his nostrils.
Okay, this was like no toothpaste he had ever experienced.
He pulled the brush from his mouth and looked at his wife. “This tastes funny. Why would I taste floral?”
His wife clapped a hand over her mouth. “Oh,” she said. “I forgot.”
He slowly lowered his brush into the sink, his eyes now riveted on her. “What did you forget?”
“William got hold of your toothbrush and was dipping it in the laundry detergent cup. I left your brush beside the sink so I’d remember to rinse it out!”
And . . . we’re home.

5 comments:

  1. God, it sounds like something that could happen in my house!

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  2. Oh no! Not good!

    On a slightly different note, why is my reaction to so many of your posts "oh no!"??? lol

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  3. Hopefully that laundry liquid didn't soften his teeth in the way so many claim to act on clothing.

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  4. So now his teeth are "garden fresh?" I don't imagine just that one brushing would do any harm, as long as he rinsed really well and he did have actual toothpaste on the brush as well.

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  5. Ah, soap is soap, as long as you don't swallow or do this too often. Still, a good reminder to keep a spare toothbrush handy.

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