Taking Credit

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hEarly one day recently I woke up, instantly remembering that I’d left the kitchen a mess the night before. Eventually, I sighed, dragged myself out of bed, and wandered out, prepared to deal with the accumulated dishes. I was stunned to walk into a pristine kitchen–no dirty dishes, clean counters, and no mess. Wow, someone did the dishes! I thought. It must have been Kurt.  It was such a lovely and unexpected surprise. When my husband awoke later, I made it a point to thank him enthusiastically (because I was truly thankful and because I was hoping to reinforce the behavior.)

“Oh, yeah,” he mumbled, accepting my fervent thanks nonchalantly.

The next night the dishes were done again. “Wow! Thanks, guys! This is great.” I commented.  “Did you do the dishes again, Kurt?”

“No, I did, “piped up my daughter.

“Thanks!”I said, “What a nice surprise to have someone else do them two nights in a row-and without me asking!”

“Yeah,” she said, offhandedly,  “I did them last night, too.”

“What!?” I said, as my husband looked away. “I thought Dada did them.”

“No,” she said, “I did.” She paused, “I was kind of surprised you didn’t say anything.”

My disbelief grew. I looked over at my husband, sitting on the couch trying to look innocent, avoiding eye contact. “I thought Dada did them,” I repeated slowly. I looked at my daughter. “I even thanked him,” I said to her, “and he didn’t say anything to deny it!”

We both turned and stared at him. After a long silence, he finally looked up.

“Well, I didn’t actually say I did them,” he said sheepishly.

I’m still speechless.


12 thoughts on “Taking Credit

  1. onathought says:

    This is like my biggest house wish…. Secret kitchen cleaning! So funny that he didn’t say anything!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Typically my husband jokes that he’s waiting for the dish fairy to come and clean–that translates to me. On the rare occasion that I’m out of town, he’ll say, “Wow, we kept waiting and the dish fairy never showed up! We finally had to do them ourselves.”


  2. vanessaw2007 says:

    Such a fun moment to remember. Maybe he thought he’d just take credit for the secret elves work. Busted!

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  3. msjailew says:

    Too funny, and he didn’t “say” he did them. Hahahaha. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  4. LSquared says:

    Hilarious. I love the way you wrote this clean and simple. It is like a good cartoon.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Ramona says:

    His thinking sounds like that of my attorney husband. What a delicious surprise to have the kitchen cleaned two nights in a row!

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  6. Amy Warntz says:

    I got a good chuckle out if your slice. Your husband is a funny guy. But how lovely was it of your daughter to help and then truly get the credit for it, perhaps some extra credit!


  7. mbhmaine says:

    Funny? Hmmmm…Underhanded maybe! I, also, had to laugh, though, and so did my daughter. And in the end I did have a clean kitchen, regardless of who did it– Always something to celebrate!


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