Service of Why Do I Do That?

January 22nd, 2024

Categories: Cleanliness, Memories, Plants

I love these French sponges from Trader Joe’s that grow to their full size when wet. They are soft and reach the bottom of a wine glass like little else.

I was changing out my sponges when the subject of this post came to me.

I suddenly thought of some people I never met who were known for having filthy sponges in their kitchen. The husband was a family physician who shared a Madison Avenue office with a friend of my parents. My parent’s pal was a surgeon. He and his wife were frequent dinner guests at the office partner’s home and I must have overheard the revolting sponge observation which is why I frequently change mine. I don’t discard them right away. I use them to clean silver or to wash the kitchen floor.

I brush with Colgate toothpaste—the brand I grew up with—and until the price of Tide went through the roof decades ago, used it.

I gleefully write thank you notes because as a child an adult praised mine. I have an unruly collection of houseplants because my dad did as well. In fact, I’ve previously mentioned a great great granddaughter of one of his dracaena that takes up a lot of space in my living room. The asparagus fern that he nurtured and that burst with happiness upstate isn’t doing well where I now live which makes me sad. Note: He died almost 40 years ago.

I love to shop—and finding a bargain–as did my mother. Like her I have a “present drawer.” Hers was a drawer and mine is a giant TJ Maxx shopping bag that I fill with gifts through the year.

My French toast must be cooked to a crisp, almost burned. That’s because, as I’ve written before, I slept late on Sunday so my breakfast treat lingered on the stove over low heat for ages. If French toast is eggy, I won’t eat it.

Do you remember why you do or buy certain things?

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3 Responses to “Service of Why Do I Do That?”

  1. Deb Wright Said:

    This is such a great topic! As we all are individuals, it makes us pause and think about our habits that others might view as eccentric. I think it was Alexander Pope who said that we all have clocks. And they all have different times but each of us thinks that we have the correct time! (loosely translated)!

    I have an excess of house plants also. Perhaps around fifty? I talk to them as I water them. They have somewhat taken over my living space, but they make me happy. I am compulsive about answering messages and feel guilty when I procrastinate. I don’t like to leave dishes in the sink overnight, but I rationally know that they will be there in the morning.

    When winter arrives, I always make sure I have cans of evaporated milk. I don’t even drink milk, but just in case I might need it in a recipe…then as warmer weather comes, I use the evaporated milk in my coffee or donate it to the local food pantry.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I drink milk and splash some in my morning coffee and cereal and try to buy a full container as the current one reaches the halfway mark. But nobody in my family drank milk so that habit is on me.

    I just thought of something else. I hate to be late. My father threw fits if we were. It’s harder to be on time these days between traffic and subway delays but phones are the saving grace as we can contact anyone waiting for us to update them on the reason for our tardiness so if they worry, they needn’t and if they are angry, perhaps they won’t be.

  3. Lucrezia Said:

    Life is full of “Why did I do that’s?” Just ask any card player who loses concentration at a high-stakes poker game!

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