It's a wonder my parents survived the silly antics of raising four kids in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Now that I think about it, we had some pretty obnoxious moments. Sorry, Mom and Dad.
For some reason, we thought it was funny to repeat certain phrases over and over and over...and we'd complete the annoying chant with overacted expressions that would get sillier and sillier.
One such chant was, "I'm sitting by YOU! YEAH! I sitting by YOU! YEAH! I'msittingbyYOUYEAH I'msittingbyYOUYEAH! I'msittingbyYOUYEAH!" This was particularly hilarious (to us) at the dinner table, while my parents, no doubt, were wishing they could run away. Please, Lord, make them stop!
Who you got to sit next to, or who you HAD to sit next to at the dinner table was a pretty big deal. We had our regular spots, of course, but in the hierarchy of family life, it seemed like someone else always had the better spot. The dinner table, the couch, the car's backseat.....when we weren't fighting over who got to sit in the "best" spot we were gleefully gloating our chant, "I'm sitting by YOU! YEAH!" Good times.
Melissa at Seven Matters gave me a suggestion for a Small Thing a couple of years ago that I think we've only done once or twice, and it reminded me of our dining room chair chant. As she was wiping down a highchair at her house, she gave a little attention to the other chairs around the table. With lots of sticky fingers and spills, those chairs can get a little yucky.
In fact, as I recall, I was once ashamed to discover that the lovely whitewash antiquing in the grooves of my pine windsor-backed chairs was actually caked-on dried milk. I'm not real proud of that, but those were some busy years and it was low on my priority totem pole.
Today's Small Thing is to damp-wipe your kitchen or dining room chairs. You might need to scrub the goo off with a little elbow grease, but with a quick swipe you can have those chairs looking fit for company!
BONUS: 30 for wiping an additional set (barstools, dining room etc.)
What's stuck to YOUR chairs?
Song of the Day: Next To You, Sitting Next to Me, Shenendoah