One afternoon recently, I finished my cleaning duties at our convent and took the dust mop I’d been using outside.
“Outside,” you may ask, “why do that?” The reason is that I was putting into practice a lesson I learned some years back when I was a postulant in Hankinson, North Dakota.
Although I grew up in Minnesota, surrounded by snow four months out of the year, I had never learned one of the important uses of this white, powdery substance: it serves as an excellent mop cleaner.
Early in my formation in Hankinson, this little trick of cleaning a dust mop in the snow was revealed to me. (One simply beats the mop out in the snow and shakes the snow out.)
Ever since that time, I have utilized nature’s best mop cleaner when finishing my dust mopping in the winter months.
When spring finally comes and there is no more snow to be found, I’ve been known to lament that “I’ve lost my mop cleaner, now.”
Oh well, that will be a sacrifice I’ll readily make to enjoy some spring weather when it finally comes here to the upper Midwest.
Sr. Christina M. Neumann, OSF