I recently confessed in my blog that part of me wants to flee in the night with a backpack full of my favorite things, abandoning life as I know it for a small concrete room without furnishings. No, it’s not my family that’s driving me away, and surprisingly, it is not even the cats.
Pollen is the home wrecker in question.
My annual obsession with cleanliness might be a natural consequence of my body’s adverse reaction to everything that blooms, leaving me to wonder if the ominous yellow top coat of death might be the foundation of that tradition we call spring cleaning.
As it turns out, it wasn’t the pollen. Walk with me, Wild One, while I tell you a story… Okay, so that’s a little dramatic but seriously, my (admittedly casual) exploration of the history of spring cleaning returned some fascinating trivia, which I’ve included here for those who are so inclined.
From TLC, I learned that to avoid accidentally offending God, “Jews scoured their homes before Passover to ensure they didn’t miss any (leavened) bread. Since passover comes around (in) April, many people consider this custom as the origin of spring cleaning.”
Meanwhile, in Iran, “Rouz, is called khaneh takani (‘shaking the house’), and the custom lives up to its name. Iranians traditionally buy new clothes to wear during khaneh takani. Every bit of a home is scoured and cleaned; nothing is spared… Once the house is shaken, the new year — and spring — can arrive.”
“The Chinese sweep their floors and clean their homes to (get) rid of bad luck and misfortune that may have accumulated during the previous year. Once the house is a clean slate, the Chinese welcome good fortune by observing a prohibition against sweeping for the few days following the new year in order to prevent sweeping away any good fortune that came with the turn of the year.”