I was in the kitchen when the crash happened; Pyrex glass clashing against
terracotta tile, followed by a nine-year-old's squeal of fright. With the
reflexes born of a parent given an adrenaline-pump in hyper speed, I rounded
the corner to see my middle daughter-unit rooted in a sea of yams, butter
and sugar sauce, the Pyrex having shattered like a proverbial mirror.
It was nothing to lift her up and over the morass. She willingly reached
high and lifted her legs clear as I craned her over into the kitchen.
Cleaning up the mess... That's become my Waterloo.
The gobs of goo, shrapnel of sharpened glass slivers, and splatter onto the
door and walls cleaned up quickly. The terracotta tile, though, has clung to
the film of sugared butter as if using it as an anti-wrinkle formula. I have
tried Dawn and hot water, mopped with a sponge mop and Sunlight. I've tried
a string mop, swiping at the 409 and wrung dry after each swirl. The grease
and stick just don't want to come up completely.
Any other ideas?
The terracotta was treated with a sealant less than 3 months ago.
I called you arrogant, but should have used a much longer list of
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