The Ivory Dish Soap


The partial bottle of Ivory Dish Soap
I found under my sink
must have come over from Ma’s

and now I’m thinking
every time I’m at the sink
the same stuff,

how the word ‘Ivory’ looked on her shopping list
I can see it still,
her handwriting,

and the two rows of bottles –
the ULTRA and the NON-ULTRA –
that sat on the store shelf
3 shelves higher
than the stuff I use –
a shelf so high
you have to be as tall as me to reach it,

and how every time
I’d be momentarily paralyzed,
caught between ULTRA and NON,
wondering which one she wanted,
wondering if she even knew the choice existed,
wondering which one I’d be sent back to exchange if I got it wrong.

Which one did I purchase last time?
And did she say anything about it?
Drawing a blank. In aisle 6. Me.

More small beans, this.
But I’d weigh the options
as if wearing a WWMD bracelet.
What would Ma do?

And the thing is I knew the answer. I knew what she’d do.
She’d say, “Who cares? I’m not washing for an army anymore. Get the cheaper one.”
But right behind that
I’d hear a Woody Allen voice, saying,
“What kind of daughter buys their mother the NON-ultra?”

For myself,
in recent years
I’ve leaned toward the Palmolive Lavender
solely for the aromatherapy claims,
the alleged calming effects.

Three aisles later
in the dairy section
I’d still be pondering
the ULTRA vs. NON choice.

It all seems silly now.
It all seemed silly then.
But
at the sink
this morning
I am glad
to see what my last choice was.

* * *

This post is part of the On, In, and Around Mondays challenge to write from where we are.
On In Around button

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
This entry was posted in discoveries. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to The Ivory Dish Soap

  1. Fern Boldt says:

    Ultra! Yup! You made me smile.

    Like

  2. Brenda Remis says:

    Remembering Ivory, Lux and Fels-Naptha from a simpler time in history. Don’t even get into shampoos! Ha-ha

    Like

  3. This isn’t silly to me at all. I stood there and did the same thing for my mom more times than I care to admit. Charming. =)

    Like

  4. Keneth Irish says:

    I’ve used Ivory for over 50 years and just recently noticed a difference. The suds do not last any longer. Even a no grease load, the suds won’t even make it through a small batch of morning dishes. Might as well buy the cheap stuff now.

    Like

Share your thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s