120. Cleaning a Dirty Plate
It was a white, plain-looking dinner plate, with
adornment. The brand name was Corelle, a popular
made by Corning. On the bottom of the
, in addition to “Corelle” and “Corning,” was the
text: “Microwave Safe—Not for Broiler or Stovetop Use.”
now they were hard to find, all of
plates were the same brand and the same
. He had bought these plates, years ago, for
reasons. One, food cannot easily stick to or “
” on unadorned plates. Therefore, they are easier to
. Two, white plates show stains more clearly than
or decorated plates. Stains you can see are
you can clean. He had the same philosophy
silverware. He bought knives, forks, and spoons that
Standing at the kitchen sink, he
on the cold water faucet. He picked up
dinner plate in his left hand. He grabbed
pad with his right hand. Dishwashing soap was
on the pad. He wet the pad and
scrubbing the plate. There was a stain in
middle of this plate, about six inches across.
went all around the plate, just inside of
the plate curved upwards.
This light brown stain
been growing for months. Today, he was going
get rid of it once and for all.
scrubbed. He scrubbed some more. He rinsed the
off. The stain was still there. He added
soap to the pad. He scrubbed some more.
of a sudden, because the plate and his
were so soapy and he was scrubbing with
force, the plate flew out of his hands.
didn't land softly on the seat cushion of
dining room chair. Instead, it crashed into the
arm rest of the chair. Each of the
pieces on the floor was about the same