Me “Did you put on the dishwasher?”
Mr P “Yes I did, its finished so I’ve emptied it”
Me “Cool, did you put it all away”
Mr P “Yeah”
Me “Did you rotate the plates and stuff around?”
Mr P “Did I what?”
Me “You know, change it all around so the clean stuff goes to the bottom and...”
So went the conversation on Sunday with Mr P. The last sentence of me, explaining the crockery rotation to him was met with a blank stare, and the following “Are you fucking serious? You really need to get out more or better yet get a job”.
Now I didn’t think my little “thing” was that bad, not OCD or anything, it’s just the way it is. Just like the way the washing has to be hung out, if Mr P hangs it out wrong, which is inevitable, then I will go out afterwards and re-peg it. Now, before you all go “what a control freak...” Check this out; Mr P has a rotation system for the towels so once they have been washed, folded and put away he sneaks in and re-sorts the cupboard to ensure the right towels are used next time. Now I think that is way more weird than my crockery thing!
We all have them, don't we, these little idiosyncrasies? The little things we do or say that seems perfectly normal to us but to those around us it’s a bit strange or weird. Things like not drinking out of cans (that’s me again), alphabetising your CDs, the way you fold your clothes or ironing your pants. Yes really, ironing pants! Just ask Keith at Chronicles of Reluctant Housedad about it. To a friend of ours who has his pantry alphabetised with all labels facing out. Oh yes all the cans and jars nicely lined up, all in order, heaven help you if you misplace something or move things around for a joke. It’s not a laughing matter apparently!
I even see this behaviour in our boys, they way they play with certain cars or trains, how they line them all up, the order they do things in. All part of their growing personalities, and their own little idiosyncrasies.
So dear readers, what about yourselves? Do you have any strange little habits that make your loved ones think you have lost the plot?