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.