The Toothpaste Wars

by Katie on February 19, 2009

I was very disappointed at Christmas this year when, for the first time in many years, I did not get a tube of toothpaste in my stocking. Yes. Toothpaste.

Not to say I didn’t have a wonderful Christmas full of more gifts than I deserved. I just really needed toothpaste this year.

You see, about November I realized I was beginning to run low on my toothpaste. So, I took a little peak in Brandon’s drawer to take inventory there. His tube was almost full. This meant that, for the first time, we would have to share toothpaste. I immediately knew this would be a problem.

There were two very valid reasons why Brandon and I simply could not share toothpaste:

  1. I had used Colgate Total for almost ten years; he’s a Crest man.
  2. He squeezes from the middle.

The latter point being the larger problem. I’m open to change. I could adjust. I could switch to the clear, gel-type, peppermint oil-infused Crest toothpaste he uses. But I couldn’t squeeze from the middle.

Since it was November when I made this discovery, I had some relief when I realized Christmas was only a few weeks away. I could probably stretch my toothpaste out until then, and I always get toothpaste in my stocking, right?

Except for Christmas 2008. So why am I bringing this up in February? Because it’s something I am reminded of daily. Each morning, I am thoroughly annoyed as I work all the toothpaste back to the top of the tube, even though I know my efforts will be destroyed that evening. Really, if all the toothpaste is already at the top, how hard is it to just squeeze from the back?

What’s your take on the toothpaste? Or, any other trivial battles you have with your significant other?


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