It was the 1970’s

The little girl was only in first or second grade

She was supposed to be doing the dishes

By hand

One sink full of suds, plus wash rag

The other sink full of plain water for a dunk rinse

Rinse twice, her mom said.

Translated: empty the sink and refill with fresh water for a second dunk.

But no one was around when the eating was done.

So there was extra soap in the washing area

Because soap bubbles are fun to play with.

Parental supervision?

What’s that?

That’s how you don’t teach a kid to do household chores.

But third grade was spent in a house

Built with an automatic dishwasher to load.

Just to keep gender chores equality

Youngest brother would do them…but when he was graduated from college.

**eye roll of annoyance**