Three years ago I looked at my kitchen floor, which was then covered in impractical white linoleum, became depressed, and then I did this to it:
That's a banana sticker to the lower left. I left it on my floor because it had personality.
Two years ago, after slowly removing all my impractical white linoleum and living on a concrete floor, I put down tile all by myself and it was beautiful and I was proud:
That's grout dust left on the floor. I chose grout the same color as the tile and sealed the grout like a good handywoman should. Grout sealing smells lovely and after sniffing it for as long as the directions suggested I should leave it to dry, I felt an urge to invite transgendered unicorns to tea and bake sugar cookies shaped like genitalia.
So, today, my grout looked like the wrong end of a Tijuana donkey show, which struck me as sad. Not sad because I've never seen a donkey show but sad because my kitchen floor, as much as I cared for it, looks like what I'm assuming the cheap seats at a donkey show would reveal.
I mean, one day you have a new floor. A shiny floor. A floor you could roll sugar cookie dough on it if you were inclined to. The next day you've got sticky greasy donkey residue all lurking in the cracks. Nothing stays the same. What you put value into doesn't last.
The novelty of new wears off. That's when you're on your hands and knees with an industrial sized toothbrush and a can of cleanser with bleach which also has a delightful scent. Do you have a pony? Does it like chamomile? If you have a donkey it's not invited. I'm making snickerdoodles.
It's after the tea cools that you remember that you're lucky to live in a house with a roof and a floor. Lucky to have access to household cleaners. Lucky for fresh water coming right out of the tap on a whim. Lucky to have the two dollars to purchase a brush which is only used to scrub grout. Lucky to have a body that can do the work.
My grout is beautiful now.
...and a thankless chore, which ultimately no one will notice, has cleared my head, which isn't lucky...