Juanita and Madeline got in the habit of hiding dirty dishes in the oven, pretending that they were finished with all the dishes,
and then going on off to bed. I don?t know why they continued doing that, because they always got caught! Mom would check the oven before she went on to bed, and she would wake them up in the middle of the night–no matter how late it was or how cold it was–and make them finish the dishes.
One night when I was about eight years old, I tried their trick. Sure enough, Mom checked the oven. She pulled me out of bed in the middle of the night–just as she always did them–and made me get up and finish washing the dishes.