You say tomato, I say messy.

25 Mar

I had some friends over for brunch the other weekend. Before they arrived, I asked Alan to perform a final walk-through to pick up any of his stuff that was within eye-shot. He hollered from the second bedroom, “Do you want me to move these ties?”

I knew exactly what he was talking about. In recent weeks, when he changed clothes after work, he’d taken to draping his tie “du jour” over the door. There was quite a collection.

“Yes,” I said. “That’s exactly the type of thing I’d like you to put away.”

He came walking out, gesturing back down the hall. “You don’t think they look good there?”

I was speechless. Random clothing hanging on a door? Was this a trick question? I shook my head.

“I kind of like them,” he explained. “It’s a nice pop of color.”

I shook my head. “Um, no.”

Then he paused and looked thoughtful. “Just understand, every time you think I’m cluttering, I think I’m actually decorating.”

Nice try, Alan.

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7 Responses to “You say tomato, I say messy.”

  1. Alicia March 25, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    Go Alan!

    • Alison March 25, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      No no no. We do not need to encourage this behavior.

  2. thesinglecell March 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    I shudder to think where he drapes his undies.

    • Alison March 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

      We call those “hand towels.”

  3. dianeskitchentable March 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Well now that’s really something…please tell me that Alan really did not do that ummm…wall art? I wonder what Martha Stewart would say.

    • Alison March 25, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

      I think the only thing standing between Alan and that “wall art” (as you so delicately put it) is the fact that those are clip-ons.

      • dianeskitchentable March 26, 2013 at 9:51 am #

        Whew…cause I did have some thoughts on some of those ties.

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