Updated: Sep 6, 2019
There is a timeless adage I'm sure you've all heard; if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.
I'm sure it's a quote that is attributed to some well known historical figure(s) somewhere along the line. My guess is that these words, or a version of them, were probably first spoken by Adam or Eve in the beginning of time.
Part of my morning routine includes emptying out the dishwasher (used primarily as a drying rack because we wash our dishes by hand 95% of the time) from the night before and washing whatever dishes were in the sink from last night.
My wife always tells me that I'm the world's greatest dishwasher.
I probably am.
If I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, I'd likely be promoted to head dishwasher in no time.
It's my mother's fault.
I washed and rewashed infinity dishes by hand throughout my high school and teenage years because if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.
Getting called back in to rewash the dishes we'd already washed (albeit poorly) was nearly a nightly occurrence when my sisters and I were kids. We loved (hated) it when that happened. It didn't stop at the dishes. It applied to everything (shocking). I've restacked wood piles, redug trenches, revacuumed, redusted, remowed the lawn, rewashed the car, etc.
Once you've been asked to redo enough things, you realize the last part of that sentence. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right: the first time.
I am thankful to my parents for making sure that message sank in, even though I didn't believe it was for my own good when my dad told me I needed to restack the entire cord of wood.
It's a message that applies far beyond the scope of household chores.
With a high schooler in the house, I need to remember how long it took me to grasp that message, and I need to keep preaching it no matter how many dirty looks I get. Someday, she'll thank me (I hope).