One excellent reason to have Peggy Lee’s “Fever & Other Hits” lying around:
Say one morning you find cat barf in your kid’s bin of wooden food (each piece with velcro dots to let the child mimic chopping) because it was left on the floor (lesson: if you leave your toys on the floor, Dante, aka “Big Tiny” the cat might barf on them), you can turn a frown upside down!
1) Assess which turnips, carrots, and tomatoes need warshed. Remove the big chunks first. Get a clean bag and stash the unsullied food.
2) Get a used toothbrush (that you won’t reuse for your mouth), some good soap, and the sullied wooden food.
3) Start scrubbing.
4) Realize, through your disgust and crankiness, that this is an opportunity to teach your toddler the word “REPULSIVE.”
5) Realize still further, through this repulsive task, which song has popped into your head. And laugh.
6) Put down the half-clean wooden carrot top. Wash and dry your hands.
7) Put on Peggy Lee, risk blasphemy by skipping over the song “Fever,” which always reminds you of the good old college days, and watching Pee Wee Herman lip synching in platform shoes; pine momentarily for the careless 1980s. (Anyone remember that?) Skip directly to song number two.
8) Sing along, “‘Cause I’m a woman,” and make sure your daughter hears you spelling that glorious word.
(To the gentlemen: Before you get your boxers in a twist, yes, I know you can clean cat barf too. Sure can! And plenty else. But you’ll need to find your own song, darlings. This one is ours.)