You can’t do the dishes! / ¡No puedes lavar los platos!

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I WENT INTO SAN GERALDO’S office today to pick up his coffee mug, and the plate [off the floor!!!] that had held his morning slab of chocolate chip banana bread. “What are you doing? It’s your birthday. You can’t do the dishes on your birthday!” He was insistent. “Are you going to do them?” I asked. “I might,” he replied. “Or I might just leave them for tomorrow when it’s not your birthday. You never know.”

I know. I most definitely know. I washed the dishes. I also took laundry off the line, folded it and put it away. Then I watered plants. Linda and Tom (SG’s middle sister and her husband) FaceTimed me before lunch to sing happy birthday to me (in harmony). I told Linda her brother said I didn’t need to wash the dishes because it was my birthday, and when I asked if he planned to do them, he said maybe. She said, “Or he’ll just leave them for you to do tomorrow.” She knows her brother. Of course, although I didn’t have to, I washed the lunch dishes — today. (Moose spent lunch on the lookout for doves. Dudo did that through dinner last night.)

For lunch we had leftover pulled pork and the last of the chocolate chip banana bread. I didn’t have any banana bread after breakfast. I instead went for a brisk walk followed by a good stretching session. I’m simply trying to fit again into my 10 pairs of size 32 Levi’s (two denim and the rest in a variety of colors and fabrics). A few years ago, I accidentally purchased two size 33s. They’re now the only ones I can wear — comfortably.

Tonight, we’re going to Mesón Salvador for dinner with Lulu, and Tynan, Elena, and their “kids,” Alexander and Paula. Just the thought of it makes me happy. I’ll wear a pair of size 33s. And I’ll have dessert.


HOY ENTRÉ A LA OFICINA de San Geraldo para recoger su taza de café y el plato [¡¡del piso!!!] que había sostenido su rebanada de pan de plátano con chispas de chocolate de la mañana. “¿Qué estás haciendo? Es tu cumpleaños. ¡No puedes lavar los platos en tu cumpleaños!” Él fue insistente. “¿Vas a hacerlas?” yo pregunté. “Podría”, respondió.“O podría dejarlos para mañana cuando no sea tu cumpleaños. Nunca sabes.”

Sé. Definitivamente lo sé. Lave los platos. También quité la ropa de la cuerda, la doblé y la guardé. Luego regué las plantas. Linda y Tom (la hermana mediana de SG y su marido) me hablaron por FaceTime antes del almuerzo para cantarme feliz cumpleaños (en armonía). Le dije a Linda que su hermano dijo que no necesitaba lavar los platos porque era mi cumpleaños, y cuando le pregunté si planeaba hacerlo, dijo que tal vez. Ella dijo: “O simplemente los dejará para que los hagas tú mañana”. Ella conoce a su hermano. Por supuesto, aunque no tuve que hacerlo, lavé los platos del almuerzo — hoy. (Moose pasó el almuerzo en busca de palomas. Dudo lo hizo durante la cena anoche.)

Para el almuerzo teníamos sobras de cerdo desmenuzado y lo último del pan de plátano con chispas de chocolate. No comí pan de plátano después del desayuno. En cambio, fui a dar un paseo seguido de una buena sesión de estiramiento. Simplemente estoy tratando de ponerme de nuevo en mis 10 pares de Levi’s de talla 32 (dos de mezclilla y el resto en una variedad de colores y telas). Hace unos años, compré accidentalmente dos tallas 33. Ahora son los únicos que puedo usar, cómodamente.

Esta noche vamos a cenar al Mesón Salvador con Lulu, y Tynan y Elena, y sus hijos, Alexander y Paula. Solo pensar en eso me hace feliz. Usaré un par de talla 33. Y tomaré postre.

• A chunk of banana bread (as opposed to a slice or a slab) was all that was left for lunch.
• Un fragmento de pan de plátano (en lugar de una pieza o un trozo) fue todo lo que quedó para el almuerzo.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

45 thoughts on “You can’t do the dishes! / ¡No puedes lavar los platos!”

  1. That first photo of Moose looking out……what a wonderful photo….composition and balance.
    Hope your dinner party is everything and more. Enjoy!

  2. 🎵Happy Birthday, to you!
    Happy Birthday, to you!🎵
    Happy Birthday, dear Mitchell! 💖
    Happy Birthday, to you!🎵


    Just be glad it isn’t me actually singing it to you. My gift to you. Have a great day and a wonderful dinner with friends. xo

    1. Mary:
      That was exquisite. When I closed my eyes, I could swear I was hearing Kiri Te Kanawa.

  3. I don’t believe it (Victor Meldrew – British), it’s my son’s birthday too today.

    Cumpléanos Feliz.

    When the children were at school here they all sang Happy Birthday in English, Spanish, Italian, French. I was once on a train and it was a child’s birthday and they started sining Happy Birthday in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German etc. It got quite boring but I’m sure it helped them to fill out the time. I think the passengers got fed up after 5 languages.

    Enjoy your special day.

    1. Frank:
      You missed the dinner with friends part. It was a great birthday, even if I did the dishes (during the day),

  4. Happiest of happy birthdays!

    Sidenote: That chat with SG about the dishes sounds word-for-word like a Carlos and Bob Chat!

    1. Susan:
      Thanks for letting me know you’re anonymous, although it kind of defeats the purpose.

  5. At least there will be no dinner dishes since you are dining out! Have a wonderful day and evening with friends. Many happy returns of your birthday. Cheers!

    1. Wilma:
      Yes! I was very happy about not having dinner dishes to do. Thanks. It was a great evening.

  6. ohhh, it’s great to know that you are, no doubt, in the middle of your delicious Mesón Salvador birthday dinner with your great friends! (I don’t recognize what kind of pulled pork meal that lunch is with cold cheese and pickles on it, however… ha!).

    1. Judy C:
      And we were exactly in the middle of the dinner when you wrote. It was such a great evening and so nice to be out with friends. SG’s standard leftover pulled pork lunch, is served on Wassa crackers, and topped by either Gouda or Edam (and pickles, obviously). It’s tasty!

  7. Happy Happy Birthday Mitchell!! And many more!

    San Geraldo should have done those dishes for you TODAY. C’mon SG, step up your husband game! (You can tell him I said so). 🙂

    Enjoy your dinner out, and definitely wear loose clothes. A birthday dinner only happens once a year, you know!

    1. Jennifer:
      San Geraldo and dish-washing, not a good match. When he does them, he does them well. But it can take days (or even weeks).

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      Thanks! That’s exactly what I thought. It was so nice to have no dishes to wash last night.

  8. I was going to send Birthday Wishes and no dishes tonight dishes but Tundra Bunny got there first. By the way I love Tundra’s name.

    1. Anon:
      I love the name Tundra Bunny, too. Should we ask how it originated? (Would also love to know who today’s Anonymouses are.)

      1. Parsnip:
        Sorry I didn’t realize. Usually, even if your message appears anonymous, you sign off with Cheers! Thanks!

    1. Debra:
      Was already home when you’re comment arrived. It was a wonderful dinner. Wish we could do that most nights.

  9. Hi Mitchell, Happy Birthday hope you had a lovely dinner this evening, We really laughed about not washing the plate, Clive said he could her Gerry saying it Ha Ha X

  10. I’m singing to you. I’m a soprano, so imagine a high-pitched screech singing happy birthday in between bouts of coughing because I didn’t warm up.


    1. Janie:
      Mary sounded just like Kiri Te Kinawa. When I closed my eyes and listened to your singing, I could swear it was Jesse Norman. It took my breath away… and yours, too!

  11. Well shit. Had I known it was going to be San Geraldo’s Birthday, I could have flown over and popped out of a cake for him!!!!

    Do give him a nice kiss on the cheek. And when he asks what’s that for, tell him Happy Birthday 🎈🎈🎈🎈, it’s from the Mistress!

    Now that sandwich made my stomach flip flop……

    1. I just realized I meant to tell San Geraldo to kiss you! It would be hard to kiss yourself on the cheek now wouldn’t it? But Happy Birthday again!

      1. Mistress Borghese:
        I was so glad to read this follow-up comment. Sheesh! No popping out of a cake for ME?!?

  12. Are they Ryvitas that your pulled pork is nestling on? I have been eating them for lunch for ages now instead of various breads…..far less calories but doesn’t seem to have made much difference. I still can’t wear my favourite jeans without discomfort round the waist!!

    1. Frances:
      Those are Wassa crackers. They haven´t made any difference for the favorite jeans, even though I cut down from four topped crackers to three.

  13. Happy birthday, Mitchell! SG sounds like Dave in the housework department. Dave would ignore the dishes forever if it were up to him.

    1. Steve:
      SG has in the past [ignored the dishes forever]! Thanks for the birthday wishes. I’m in recovery!

  14. Happy belated birthday. Sorry I missed it. Busy cleaning out the attic to install central A/C.

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