The First’s theory of dirty clothes

by bledsoe on October 3, 2008

I recently asked The First to straighten up his room a little, specifically to make his bed and pick up all the dirty clothes lying on the floor.  A little while later I noticed that his bed was made but the dirty clothes were still on the floor, though maybe a little closer to his clothes hamper.

I pointed this out to him and he sighed heavily.

"Dad," he said, as though speaking patiently to a small child, "I generally leave my dirty clothes on the floor, and just use the clothes hamper to take them downstairs to the laundry room on laundry day."

"Ah," I said, as though this idea could actually be considered a reasonable way to deal with one's dirty clothes.  "Well, thanks for clearing that up for me, but I think we're just going to stick with the traditional approach used by the rest of the civilized world, in which the whole point of the clothes hamper is to have a place to put your dirty clothes so they won't be scattered all over the floor."

He gave a slight shrug as if to say, "Okay, if that's how you want to do it," and went to comply.

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