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The Irish mama's boy in a shared kitchen


The Irish mama's boy's mother cleaned up for him when he was living there, and he does not see the mess that he leaves behind while he's living here, with other people.

The telltale sign is the little smattering of crumbs across the counter.

Even for a lad who knows how to wash up when he's finished in the kitchen, it seems that a swipe of the cloth over the surface of a counter is either too much effort or too much like a woman's work.

I suspect, though, that in some way the little messes of normal kitchen activity are truly invisible. His mother always did that for him.

It's as if having never needed to see it, he really does not.


N.B. The phrase "Irish mama's boy" is not my invention. It's a familiar term in Irish English.


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