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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Heard around the house today




"Dang it!"


"Are you kidding me?"


"Daniel! We have to take this thing off!"

Those are sounds heard in the kitchen today after Daniel installed a safety latch on the cabinet that houses our trash. I never realized that I open that cabinet very often, but it averages 733 times a day. For each of those times, I forgot that the latch was there. I yanked on the cabinet door, like I always do, repeatedly causing damage to the plastic latch, the cabinet door, and even my shoulder.

And it wasn't like it was a secret. Each time I pulled on the cabinet, there was a reverberating Ka-CHUNK!!! heard throughout the house. The first few times it was funny, but by late this evening, I was furious with the safety latch manufacturers. (What??? I couldn't blame myself!) What a stupid invention! It makes the user feel stupid. And it is loud. And frustrating.

Knowing what I know about behavior and how it is learned, I should be on the downhill slide of this one. I expect fewer mistakes tomorrow, and then by the end of next week, I will open ALL of my cabinets with my thumb ready to depress the latch.

But for now, I am piling the trash on the counter. A girl can only take so much ridicule in one day.


Blogger Jayleigh said...

Isn't it a bit depressing when we cannot train ourselves to remember a simple thing like that? You'll be better tomorrow, though. :-)

10:13 PM  
Blogger Jennboree said...

I do that with the stupid slide lock holding two doors closed. Best thing I ever did when she was little was to fill one lower drawer with just stuff for Bella to play with.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

dillon has a drawer and cabinet. and he really doesn't even ever go after the trash. i was just afraid that one day he would. so i thought i was being Good Mommy.

now i am just Annoyed Mommy.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Dave & Lisa said...

This was the funniest post we have read in a while! THanks for the good laughs!

You ever thought of getting your cabinets rigged in such a way that it opens when you talk to it?

12:29 AM  

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