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As the Whirled Greens Turn: a soap opera

November 1, 2016

the salad spinner, clean at last

Last night I finished giving our salad spinner a long-overdue cleaning. It took about two weeks.

To be honest, the first week consisted of me keeping it next to the sink as a reminder to deal with it later. Then there was a day of putting it in the dishwasher, discovering that the dishwasher didn’t do a lick of good, and returning it to its spot next to the sink. After a couple more days of psyching myself up, I spent small portions of three days poking moistened paper towels into each of the spinner’s 696 tiny orifices. (That’s not an exaggeration. It’s a 24-by-29 array.)

Once I actually began the manual cleaning, a certain satisfaction took hold. The positive side of waiting to clean something until it’s completely filthy is that you can really see the improvement.

For a while, I lost myself in the simple algorithm of the work, as my wife seems to do when she’s quilting.

Eventually, I grew tired of the task, but persisted with a grim determination to finish. And finish I did. Now that sucker is glistening like a freshly washed car.

You may ask: why am I reporting these thoughts as if they were profound, hard-won insights from a campaign to eradicate smallpox?

Well, obviously, the salad spinner is a metaphor for life’s grandest challenges.

Beyond that, my friends, I can’t explain. Each of you must turn, turn, turn until you, too, have discovered the salad spinner’s revolving, relentless truth.

2 comments

  1. I guess there is a time for every surface under heaven . . . to be cleaned. Dad

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  2. Love the account, Greg, and the stretch to make it into a life lesson.

    Sent from my iPad

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