Oh, Mom, you’re going to get a chuckle out of this.
Did you know that, according to recent articles, there are all kinds of uses for VODKA, other than drinking it, of course?
Vodka can remove a price tag or a sticker that won’t peel off. It can also clean mold off a shower curtain and prevent the mold from reappearing. And get this, vodka is also a room deodorizer! Mix it with equal parts water and spray it in the air, and voila! the vodka supposedly freshens the air.
Remember one of the uses for vodka you discovered in the early 80s? You read an article that said to add a teaspoon of chili pepper or hot sauce to four tablespoons of vodka and mix well. Then rub it gently–very gently–into the scalp where hair was thinning. The warm combination supposedly stimulated hair regrowth.
Molly was only three or four, and we were visiting you in Ft. Scott when you showed me your concoction. We always have fun with your experiments, and this time was no different. Dad was our volunteer that evening (he kind of volunteered), and in addition to rubbing a couple of places on his scalp, I also massaged the vodka-pepper mix around his sinus spots that were aching. You know, if a little bit is good, a lot has to be better.
The next morning as we were all dressing to go to church, I went to put in my contact lenses, and guess what? The residual was still on my fingertips! I was howling at the heat and pain in my eyes, and you and Molly tried to help with cold wash clothes and splashing water. Then, when you looked closely at Dad, he had a red rash where the mixture had been rubbed into his skin.
We all survived, and it made a funny story once I could see again and Dad’s skin cleared up. But I remember you emptied the vodka down the drain because, well, the experiment was over, right? I can tell you this now, Mom, I really could have used a vodka tonic then, and you wasted a perfectly good bottle. Or if we’d known then what we know now, we could have at least cleaned the shower curtain.
Ah, the memories–and the laughter–we’ve shared, Mom. The spices of life.