Mystery, Whimsy, and Soap

Have you seen these decorative soap dispensers that people are putting in their houses? I have. And for a long time I thought they were just kind of silly and redundant. I mean, they sell the soap in appropriately sized containers that already have a dispenser built into them…

But at some point, I started to see the mystery in the whole thing. The intrigue… So now when I go to someone’s house and they have a decorative soap dispenser, I sometimes stand there looking at it for a minute, trying to sense what awaits me. Does the soap smell like flowers? Or fruit? Or vanilla? Or is it unscented? Is it blue? White? Purplish? Clear?

Then I just wash my hands and rejoin the dinner party or whatever it is I’m there for.

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