The writing bug has struck me again. After all I can rave and rant to my heart’s content in my blog world and forget all about it within minutes knowing that my readers would lend me their ears without ever being judgmental. So here I go!
If I had cribbed about my husband’s quirks in earlier posts I take it back. No, not entirely. He is a quirk alright but I realised that quirky husbands could be useful too. Let me elaborate-
My dining table was polished 15 years back. I’ve been cribbing about the cushions needing replacement and how a fresh coat of paint was due etc. etc., for the past five years. The cushion cover is fixed and cannot be removed and washed and they looked soiled. My rants fell on deaf ears and my husband of forty four years continued to either watch TV or read the newspaper. I then gave him the ultimatum.
“I am giving away the dining table and the chairs today” I declared “We can get a new set”.
Now, the announcement had the desired effect. No, don’t imagine that he agreed to get it polished. He didn't. We both love the dining table. It is sturdy but very light. We bought it when money was tight 30 years back. I know that a similar set would cost a fortune even if we could get one of the same quality and I had no intention of getting rid of it. My husband is a lover of stuff purchased with hard earned money. He also will not throw away what his parents or mine bought with their hard earned money. So the thought of giving up the dining table away woke him from his reverie and our familiar ‘nok jhok’ commenced.
“Why replace the cushions? They seem good enough”.
“Don’t you see how dirty the cover is? And one cannot remove it to wash. I don’t feel like sitting on it”.
“It was your idea to put cushion. The earlier arrangement of a ply board covered with sunmica was good enough”.
“Does it mean that they can’t be replaced even in fifteen years? Call a carpenter and get it done. Or else I am just throwing it away”.
“What if I wash it?”
“Are you crazy? The cover cannot be removed and washed. It has to be replaced”.
“And if I wash it clean? I will unscrew the board with the cushion and wash it”.
And if you mess it up and it gets misshapen I will replace it”.
“Only if I don't do a good job of it”.
I was secretly relieved. I was certain that the flop idea of washing the cushion with the cover intact would never work and I would have my way. I advised him to try washing one at a time and offered to help if required.
“No need. I will manage”.
It was then that realised that I had underestimated my better half’s potential. He carefully dismantled the ply board with the cushion, turned it upside down and soaked it in soap water for half an hour. He then gently scrubbed it clean and rinsed it with fresh water without letting a drop trickle down to the wooden board.
And to my surprise the cushion was sparkling clean and looked almost new. He is washing the rest one by one without dismantling them. And between you and me I must say that he’s doing a good job of it.
He was all smiles - gloating over his success. I could not deny him the pleasure. This was a time when defeat was a delight.
He now plans to polish it himself and I plan to keep my skepticism to myself. Once bitten, twice shy??