The Norman Transcript


October 20, 2013

A couple sharing toothbrushes

NORMAN — It has occurred to me that no longer should I consider myself a newlywed.

I’m not even sure what the statute of limitations is on that kind of title, but I would guess after almost nine years together, we can consider ourselves an old married couple. And a few signs earlier in the week led me to believe this was as true as it’s ever been.

The first instance was a late night stumble from living room to bathroom to do the nightly toothbrush routine. I grabbed a brush, globbed on some paste and went to town on my pearly whites. It was a few minutes later that it was time for the old rinse and spit routine.

Still a bit groggy from a late night Internet search on what is the best apple crisp recipe — that research is still ongoing by the way — I rinsed off the toothbrush, only to realize I’d just used the red toothbrush. Not the green one, the one that was assigned to me.

For months, my toothbrush had been the red one and, for some reason, during the last toothbrush shopping spree, my husband declared the crimson and cream one as his. Talk about your dedicated college sports fan.

At first I was a bit grossed out. The 8-year-old girl in me after realizing what she had done worried about a cootie outbreak.

Then the old married lady in me realized that in the course of a relationship, accidentally sharing a toothbrush was the least grossest thing that happens.

The next morning, it seems as if this time my early morning grogginess took over, someday I hope to realize I’m too old to stay up all hours in the night to search for apple crisp recipes. This time, I went searching for a pair of socks. I only own three pairs. I’m just not a sock wearer.

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