Compulsions! There’s At Least One in Each of Us!

I have a thing for stray crumbs— on the counter, on the tablecloth…. I don’t know why. I am compelled to wipe things clean and crumb free! I try to keep my compulsion under control and I succeed most of the time. But after I watch myself wipe the kitchen counter clean of crumbs for the third time in two minutes, I begin to wonder. Am I nuts?

Compulsions come in all shapes and sizes. We’ve all heard about the hand washers… people convinced they have germs on their hands to the point where they wash their hands hundreds of times a day. Or the people who have to keep checking that the doors are locked. I know a woman who is compulsed about stitches—you know, the ones in a sheet or quilt?—they have to be perfectly straight and even. She’s tempted to throw out perfectly good bedding if it does not meet her standards!

I have a good friend who has my crumb compulsion. But she admits to be being totally horrified when, at a recent dinner, the woman next to her at the table leaned over and started wiping the stray crumbs away that had landed at my friends place setting!

My mother had a compulsion for perfect plaids. They had to match across the seams. I recently bought a pair of plaid golf shorts and only examined the plaid when I got the clothes home. Horrors! The plaids did not match. My mother would never have tolerated such a thing. Poor workmanship. So back to the store they went! Saved me $39!

So what’s your compulsion? I know you must have one.

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Cousin Kathy
Cousin Kathy
11 years ago

My mother had the plaid compulsion as well… it came from learning to make their own clothes and that if you didn’t match the plaids, you were a poor seamstress… and I now have that compulsion as well.

As for crumbs, I wish my husband had that compulsion… every morning I go downstairs after he has left for work and the counter top is a mess!

My compulsion is that I do not want to get up in the am 😉

midge
midge
11 years ago

alas the crumbs did not bother you in my kitchen !!!so you did return the PLAID–funny girl.your wonderful compulsions far outweigh your funny,crumy ones.lol

Daffyhill
Daffyhill
11 years ago

I’m not sure about the crumb or high dusting compulsion (: I think your true compulsion is your blogging….and eating of course. Thank goodness for both!