"Dish soap and its many uses."
Normal people usually have the necessary household items; like toothpaste, hand soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc... you get my drift. But growing up, I rarely had the luxury of said items. I remember one incident in particular, I was older at this point, say about 16.
The normal 16 year old girl is keen on personal hygiene and her appearance. So one summer evening, one of my siblings and his girlfriend were over for a visit, and they were probably drinking, because, well that's what we do when we all get together. Any ways I wanted to brush my teeth, who knows why, I was probably pissy and wanted to go to bed, they always have a knack for pissing me off. Mostly, I deal with it by either; going to bed, or yelling... but usually both. They find it hilarious, clearly its not. That's not the point of this post though.
So I'm looking for tooth paste and its no where to be found. When I asked my crazy little mother, her response blew me out of the f***ing water, and it was that moment on that I realized I'd probably start drinking...a lot. Do you want to know what this outrageous response was? "Oh honey, we don't have any, here use salt." What. The. Hell. Use salt? To brush my teeth? Has she not heard of this wonderful item, that only costs like a dollar, its called toothpaste. And its usually minty. Salt, just the thought of it makes me gag.
From that moment on I knew if I wanted to have the privilege of proper personal hygiene, I would need to buy my own products. And to this day I have my little basket in my room complete with TWO toothpastes, TWO shampoos, TWO conditioners, and an excess amount of body wash. I can't believe she would even offer that as an option, okay well yeah I do believe because my whole life we've substituted necessary items with weird shit.
Like dish soap; my mom honestly believes dish soap is an all purpose item. Did you know that it can be used to do laundry, wash cars, as body wash, but rarely as actual dish soap...because our dishes were never clean.
Its sad that as a 21 year old female, I am ecstatic to know that there will never be a time that we run out of toilet paper, or that I can wash my car (if I had one) with REAL car soap, or the fact that I can make my Kraft Mac n Cheese with MILK!
My boyfriend doesn't really understand these stories, and often times thinks I'm exaggerating, sometimes I wish I was. But in the long run, I'm glad I do have these to share cause it makes for wonderful conversation after a few beers with my good ole' siblings.