March is turning out to be a very wet month here in North Texas. Ice, then rain, then ice, then snow, then more rain. My backyard is a swamp right now. Having just returned home from a quick road trip, my minivan was coated in road gunk and mud, and you could barely see out the driver side window anymore. The forecast for the week is warm and drier, but today, it’s pouring rain. Again. So I did what any water-conserving lunatic would do.
I bundled up in my boots and rain coat and went outside to wash my minivan.
I’m sure the neighbors thought I was crazy, backing the van out of the warm, dry garage into the driveway, letting it get good and soaked, and then trudging out there with a large dog bowl full of water and a few drops of earth-friendly soap and a large sponge to wipe the mud off the van. Did I mention I was still wearing bright red pajama pants under the raincoat? Why not get the muddy, wet chore out of the way before my nice hot shower? I know how to schedule these things!
What started off as a little “let me see if I can save myself a trip to the car wash this week” experiment turned into pure fun when I realized I was giggling like a child, soaping up my dirty minivan with an oversize sponge while rain poured on my head. The rain rinsed the mud away almost as fast as I could scrub it, which made the whole process very satisfying. A few neighbors pulled down the alley and paused to gawk at me out there scrubbing away, but I didn’t care. It only took 10 minutes to get the van clean, and I never had to waste a drop of water from the hose.
Sometimes, just by looking at the situation a little differently, you can find ways to bring fun to everyday drudgery. Washing a muddy car in the rain. Sliding damp towels around a dirty floor with your feet to “mop” to the beat of your favorite song. Practicing your three-point shooting skills when tossing laundry into the hamper. Racing to finish a chore during the commercial breaks of your favorite guilty-pleasure TV show.
What chore can you make fun today?