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Topic: Write in the HUMOR genre (04/12/07)
- TITLE: Dust is a Verb?
By Barbara Hartsook
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used to clean our houses thoroughly. In fact, when my sisters and I were growing up in our small town, foregoing this yearly ritual was considered a social and cultural taboo. If you weren’t scrubbing and airing-out and waxing and buffing the same week as your neighbors, eyebrows lifted and tongues wagged. Dust was still an action verb in those days.
Now, I see dust as part of a collection. I can’t imagine what’s under and behind some of the heavy stuff I rarely move. We’ve lived in this house more than 30 years, and I just bet there are yukky things lurking somewhere. It all looks good, though. When it’s time to clean, I’m very good at arm-scooping. Even now I see two boxes shoved under the drawing table, both with stuff recently scooped.
I asked my sisters, who appear fastidious, if they still scheduled this event annually or if they’d devised other means of keeping everything clean. My older sister, Nita, thought the question was priceless. Her answer to me was, “EGAD! NO!” She had several generations of dust bunnies, she said.
Cj, my younger sister, told me all of Pennsylvania regards dust bunnies as country accents. Essential to good decorating.
“Spritz them with Fabreeze,” she said, “and they become like little potpourris in every room in your house, very pleasant!”
She assured me they only become a problem when they unite.
“Tumbleweeds,” she said, “must be dealt with.”
We all mentioned needing to do some cleaning…
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