Thursday, May 5, 2011

It smelled like rotten fruit, but tasted like victory.

"I'm going to miss you Helena. Have fun with your family, ok?"

I nodded.

"And while you're gone, I think I'm going to clean out the fridge."


Our fridge hasn't been emptied out in... a while.

About a month ago, I noticed a noxious odor coming from somewhere inside.

I was pretty sure the culprit was hiding in the bottom-left-hand drawer. You know- the one for vegetables?

I hadn't looked in there in a few ...months?

Anyway, I decided to ignore it.

A few weeks later, the smell was overpowering.

It wasn't really a stand off between Kurt and I, so much as one between us, and the fridge.

And we were losing. Badly.

We discussed our options. I could clean it- but I had just cleaned the ENTIRE apartment in a crazy spring-cleaning fever. While it was physically possible, it would be the last thing I cleaned.

Like, ever.

Kurt could do it- but it was Finals week, and he was busy, and really, couldn't we just eat the things in our pantry, and forget about the refrigerator for a while?

Awkwardly, we worked around it, holding our breath whenever we had to go in for milk or butter.

The standoff continued.

When we had friends over, we would mention the smell before they could. It seemed less awkward that way.

I was afraid it would always be like this.

But then, as we were pulling up to the airport, Kurt said those 13 magic words.

"And while you're gone, I think I'm going to clean out the fridge."

I could have kissed him.

So I did.

And even though we were a team, and it was "Us Against The Fridge".....

.....It tasted like victory.



seven thirty three said...

Gross. I have this thing about dirty fridges. I just cleaned mine top to bottom... it has these amazing shelves that pull right out and you can wash them in the sink. LOVE! Guess what? I even.cleaned.the.freezer! Shut the door! Yes I did! :)

Hope your apartment smells better when you get home... for you and your friends sake.

the thrifty ba said...

you married a keeper!

Ami Allison said...

Want to hear something REALLY gross! Dave and I do this too, but with the litter box! EWWW!!!!

Heather said...

Awwwwww. It is like a love story. It even includes you growing old together. I love it.

Jennifer said...

I just cleaned mine out as well. David would probably roll it out to the curb and buy a new one before he would clean it.

Kimberly said...

Did he use a blow torch to clean it? If he did, I hope he took a video.

beka said...

hah! oh gosh, i love it.
our fridge, luckily, gets cleaned about once a week.
i've only done it once, personally, in the last few months. :P older sisters know how to get things done!!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

You should read The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul, it's about a detective named Dirk Gentley whose fridge lurks in his kitchen & hadn't been open in months, he just buys small containers & lets the rest go bad on the counter. His cleaning lady won't open it either & they are locked in a struggle for just who is going to open it. Thor the god of Thunder is also in the book. It's a pretty funny read.

Teresa Kander said...

What a great love story! I never would have been able to hold out, though...have to clean the fridge every few weeks, whether it needs it or not! :)

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