Despite my memory relapse, I applied this analogy to gently remind my roommate it was her turn to clean. After all, there actually was a pink ring of mildew forming around the drain. However, unlike Dr. Suess, my creative comparison was not accompanied by illustrations or rhyming poems.
What might a poetic version of my email have sounded like had I actually described The Cat in the Hat visits our apartment? Perhaps, something like this…
Our bathroom is in need of a serious scrub;
The tub desperately appears in need of a rub;
The tiles require much more than dial;
And the enamel looks like it was sat on by a camel.
Would you please prioritize a clean as I’m not very happy with what I’ve seen.
I wonder how my roommate might have responded if she received that version of the email. Instead, I just referenced the pink ring, and proposed a solution that only the age bracket of The Cat in the Hat’s biggest fans would have agreed to try: a cleaning chart system with stickers to track our accomplished chores. Unfortunately that approach did not change much, and a few weeks later the pink ring returned.