I am cursed. No, not by a witch or a spirit. I am cursed by extraordinarily bad luck with dishwashers. For a family of three, who runs the dishwasher once a day, we seem to need a new dishwasher more often than normal.
Last month, right before I was sick (I believe I’m going to think of my life as BP-before pneumonia and AP- after pneumonia) our dishwasher broke. You may remember that I burned my arm whole trying to fix it. Now of course, the warranty had ended about six days before the dishwasher washed its final dish.
The same thing happened with the last dishwasher. Warranty ends. Dishwasher breaks. In twenty years, this apartment has gone through five dishwashers. We’ve had two stoves, two refrigerators and two microwaves, and the only reason we had two was because we remodeled and upgraded. We’ve had one mixer and one blender and one food processor and two coffee makers. And five dishwashers.
BP, I was researching dishwashers. Then I got sick (see how I keep reverting back to that). So, what I’m saying is, while I was sick, there was no dishwasher. Get out your little violins and play, because I realize this is the worst thing to befall a family- the workhorse is sick and the dishwasher is broken.
My daughter tried to get out of dishwashing by saying that we were sure to get dysentery if she washed dishes. My husband went the passive aggressive route and just did a lousy job of washing dishes. And me. I would wash my one plate and one bowl and one mug and one glass, dry them, and just stare at the amount of crockery and utensils my family could accumulate in a tiny sink. It sort of became a game.
Which brings us to today. I have not researched dishwashers. I have not thought about replacing said dishwasher. I am enjoying watching my family squirm. I have enjoyed watching them wash and dry and put away dishes every night. Enjoyed watching them get to know a sponge and a scrub brush, liquid dish soap and a dishtowel. Everyone needs a little fun in their life.
Will I eventually get a new dishwasher?
Yes. I like a dishwasher because I love to cook, but cooking requires getting stuff dirty, and seriously, does anyone like washing dishes by hand?
But for now, I’m enjoying teaching my family a little lesson about what it takes to make a household run. I should have done it sooner.