“So, I Just Washed My Clothes in Plant Food?”

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Apparently so. The above was the plaintive cry of the daughter I will call Pip, when she heard me ask the daughter I will call Mouse if she knew what was in the detergent bottle sitting next to the washing machine. The bottle clearly said Arm & Hammer Free & Clear detergent, and I had no reason to think otherwise when I picked it up off the floor and put it on the shelf. A day or two later, I went to use it—but when I shook it, I thought it felt like water, not detergent. So I put it back down on the floor and made a note to ask the troops.

A little time passed. When I finally asked my daughters, Mouse said, “Oh yeah—that’s for you to water my plants while I’m away. Don’t worry—it has plant food already added.” And that’s when Pip, listening in disbelief, realized what she had just used to launder her clothes.

Plant food! Water for plants! Labels, people—this is why God gave us labels, and big black markers! Caramba!

(Wondering: How can people who are so smart…?)


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  1. MaryA
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    But as long as she only used 7 drops, it’s okay, right? I mean, that’s like a magical formula, like in a fairytale; if you follow the instructions, the good fairy checks off “follows instructions, no arrogant attitude!” and gives you credit, surely? Her clothes won’t grow leaves or anything … but if they DO grow stuff, maybe it’ll be nice, nectary flowers, which will attract bees, which will be great for the eco-system. So … everything’s all right. Fairies, formulae, fruitfulness … It’s spring! Nearly.

  2. Jeffrey A. Carver
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    Um…yes. Monarch butterflies would be nice. Or hummingbirds.

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