1. “I’ll hurry. First let me give my shoes a spit and polish,” says Joe as he spits on the toe of his shoe and shines it a bit on the back of his pants’ leg.

2.  “Come here and let me give you a spit and polish,” says mom as she spits on her apron and gives Johnny”s face a swipe around the mouth.

3.  “Sorry about the house  I just gave it a spit and polish,” I say as I invite a visitor to come in.

That, my friends, is what I thought “spit and polish” meant.  Just a quick fix.  A little swipe to get by.

Imagine my surprise when I find I am wrong.  All the definitions I find say that “spit and polish” refers to “extreme attention to cleanliness, orderliness, smartness of appearance.” – EXTREME!

What a shame.  Now I have to give my house a “spit and polish” that really cleans it up!  I have just been making do.  No more spitting on a napkin to wipe up the drop of dried oatmeal off the floor.


But I don’t remember where the mop bucket is…Oh, I remember, it has ashes from the fireplace in it…I’ll pick one up at the Dollar Store when I get dressed…I need to see who’s put what on the blog before I go…Then I need to pull some weeds before I clean up to go to the store…Have I prayed yet today; maybe I should do that before I do anything else…But I can’t stay awake to pray unless I have a nap first…


Thanks to Pixabay for the image, and to VJ for the challenge.


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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24 Responses to SPIT AND POLISH

  1. pranabaxom says:

    Good one Oneta. Enjoyed reading.

  2. V.J. Knutson says:

    Ha ha – I am with you though on your original thought. Now I’ll have to pull up my socks too.

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  4. Olga says:

    Love the bit of humor in your reflection on ‘spit and polish’. 🙂

  5. Faye says:

    Love your illumination and humour on this blog. O dear in recent years….spit and polish has been my limit. Must aim for the real meaning now. . Blessings. F.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I’ve been getting by with “hit it in a hurry” and don’t have enough desire to change so it is not likely to happen. 😀 Glad you enjoyed my little ramble.

  6. ghostmmnc says:

    haha! I thought spit & a polish meant a quick swipe at cleaning…not to the extreme! And yes, I’ve used spit to clean up a few little things, too. 🙂

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