Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Get Lost Robert Stack - We Solved This One, Buddy

We finally solved a raging mystery around here?

If you’re a Snapchat buddy of mine, then you’ve probably already seen the pics of water drops and pools of water on and around sinks in our home. I have questioned the why and hows. Sam and Matthew have had the same questions since we share a bathroom with the MIL.

Sam theorized that his grandmother was somehow washing her feet in the sinks. Matthew believed that his grandmother was either conducting an orchestra or clapping while her hands were under the running water. I went with a leprechaun taking a shower in the sink as my theory.

While preparing to leave for our college graduation trip to Wilmington, NC last week, Jamie witnessed how the water gets all around the sink and counters. The MIL washed her hands and while the water was still running, she waved her hands back and forth to shake off the excess water while slinging the running water onto the backsplash behind the sink. Jamie was excited to say the least. She shouted, “So THAT’S where it’s coming from!”

Of course, the MIL took wide-eyed offense of our discovery. She took it as a criticism and told us that she’d be happy to tell us a few things about ourselves that irritates her. Even though I explained the mystery, she still took it as a criticism. We pressed her about our idiosyncrasies, but that never came to fruition no matter how many times we reminded her. I guess it’s no fun telling smiling folks eager to know what they do to irritate or confuse you. I don’t know.

She proceeded to explain how she shakes off the excess water with a side-to-side method and asked me with her high-pitched shrill excited voice, “Well, how do you do it?!”

I said, “Like most folk…” and washed my hands. I turned off the water and then flicked my hands and fingers towards the drain instead of waving my hands around like I just don’t care and slinging water all over the sink area.

Jamie and I tried to explain that we weren’t being critical or wanted her to change her ways, but she was hearing nothing of it. We just solved the mystery. That was all.

But there’s still another MIL water mystery when it comes to her being in the bathroom… “Psssssssssh!” the water runs and stops. A few seconds later, “Psssssssssssssssh!” the water runs and stops again. A minute or two will pass by and “Pssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssh!” the water runs and stops again. And if we’re lucky, we’ll hear a “Pssh!” for good measure. We all find it rather bizarre and we have no clue as to why she does it since it all happens behind closed doors. But one thing is for sure… There’s going to be splashes of water all over the sink area.

While we were at the Air BnB that we rented over the weekend, the MIL washed her hands at the kitchen sink. She turned the water off and shook her hands side to side. She noticed that I was watching and grabbed a paper towel to dry up all the water drops that she slung around the counter.

I haven’t the faintest clue as to why she acted that way.

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