On Busing Other People’s Trash

dirty dishesHere’s some more let-it-go advice I have been given on this riverboat cruise. It was 6 o’clock this morning and I’d gone up on deck to get coffee from the fancy machine that dispenses, day or night, whatever kind of hot drink you want, from regular to decaf, from espresso to cappuccino and back. And I noticed right away that some other voyager had enjoyed his or her coffee already, and left the soiled cup right in the way of others who might come after.

“Now that’s rude!” I mused aloud, without half knowing that I spoke the words rather than merely thinking them.

Then I heard a light voice.  “Behind you,” its owner said, and here suddenly there was another person present, not more than 18 inches from me. I prayed  she hadn’t been the one to leave her cup.

“I’m sorry. This cup…. I just thought… I didn’t know what to do with it. I mean, it’s kind of in the way here…” I said, and ended by picking the thing up bringing it into the empty dining room to set on the bar.

“Hold up,” she said

“I’m sorry,” I said again.

“No, no, hold up, seriously. Relax! You’re not on mom duty here.”

“No?” I said.

“No,” she said.

Then I didn’t know WHAT to do: Bring the dirty cup and saucer back? Leave my own soiled cup and saucer there when I got done, by way of demonstrating a commensurate carelessness? 

She must have seen my confusion. Anyway, she put her hand on my arm. 

“Seriously,” she said. “You just need to R-E-L-A-X.” 

I saw she was right. Of course she was right~!

So I want back to our stateroom and made our bed – with David still in it, same as always. 🙂