Because My Teeth Are Just That Important...

As I stood in the bathroom last night listening to the hum and occasional beep of my Sonicare toothbrush, I did a quick calculation and figured that I brush my teeth for about 2 and a half hours a month. 2 1/2 hours!

Let's see...2 1/2 times 12...oh my. That's 30 hours a year I spend with my toothbrush, for pete's sake!

It's not like I keep a log or something...even I'm not quite that particular. My toothbrush times it for me - 2 minutes a brush. I do that at least twice a day, and sometimes 3 or 4 (it's a pretty effective way of getting myself to stop eating the chocolate already!). Those midday stop-eating-sweets brushes aren't usually the full two minutes. Multiply by 30 days in a month, and I figured it was about 2 1/2 hours a month.

This would be a good time for a disclaimer...I'm not insane. Well, mostly not anyway. I'm just partially brain dead at 11:00 PM, and these are the silly places my thoughts go while I brush my teeth.

The revelation that I spent that much time of my life doing something so mundane, got hubby and me talking about what else I do in a month....relative to brushing my teeth. Do I read books to my kids for more than 4 1/2 minutes a day (yes, whew!)? Do I fold laundry for that amount of time (oh yes, much longer in fact)? Dishes (yessiree)? Scrub floors or toilets (nope)? Pray (definitely)? Blog (oh boy, yes)? Think about what to blog about (I'm afraid so)? Take and edit photos (yep)? Say the words "Are you listening to me...please do xyz" or "Let's use inside voices, please" (probably!)? We were in stitches!

It put things in perspective, to be sure! I usually thing in broader and more general terms like "housework", "meal prep", and "raising kids". But these little things? These are the little things that my life is made of...down to the minute and second.

How about you? What are you spending your minutes and seconds on? Brushing your teeth?

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