This morning my husband and I had an argument about laundry. Typically, Gerry starts the laundry on Friday and I finish the final few loads on Saturday morning. When I opened up the washing machine, my white blouse was mixed with a red towel.
“Whites, Lights and Darks” I hollered at him. “ How hard is it?”
“ I’ve been doing laundry for years” he curtly replied. “Maybe it’s time you do your own!”
Now, this is not a new discussion between us. We have had the same heated debate for years. I think a few times I have even posted instructions in the laundry room explaining how to sort laundry.
I realize that most of us are spending a lot of time with our immediate family during this ” Stay home. Stay safe.” order. These are the people that are nearest and dearest to you. Right? However, too much togetherness can be hard. When spending twenty-four hours a day in close proximity with someone, issues are going to rise to the surface.
I came to the realization that I have a part to play in this. I have a choice in how I respond. I need to step outside of myself and ask that person, what is she like to live with? Sometimes, I know I would not like the answer.
I often find my dog PJ and my cat Max snoozing together in the corner of the kitchen. There is no typical cat and dog animosity in their relationship. Simply, a calm coexistence as they live their animals lives out.
The next time I am confronted with the sudden emotion of anger, I need to step back and keep my emotions in check before I respond. I need to take a lesson from PJ and Max as they equitably share their space with one another.