There is a universally recognized division of camps in this world - the dividing line a clear mark in the sand. Do you prefer cats, or dogs? Drink tea, or coffee? Early bird, or night owl? Spray, or stream?
This last one was not previously understood by myself until my husband so clearly, consistently, and stubbornly insisted on it. What is it, you ask? It is the way you prefer the water to flow out of the kitchen sink, when given the option.
In the process of our kitchen overhaul we purchased a beautiful farmhouse stainless steel sink. This wonderful addition required a new faucet, as the previous one was tired, scratched, and rather ugly. Our choice was an elegant arching faucet. The designers used a minimalist look, so the whole package has a sleek, no nonsense feel to it. But they didn't want to skimp on amenities, and included a detaching nozzle built into the stem, as well as hidden buttons that switch the water between spray and stream. Brilliant.
Christopher and I both really enjoy the new kitchen sink functionality. Being able to pull the nozzle out to rinse the sink is invaluable. And I greatly appreciate the spray option when needing to rinse off an exceptionally soiled utensil, or plate. But the pay-off for this is water splattering everywhere from the height, and pressure of the spray bouncing off dishes, and even the sink itself. Apparently my husband has not received this memo.
I began noticing that every time I turned the faucet on after he had been using the sink the spray option was always activated. I thought it odd that he was consistently stuck rinsing the aforementioned " exceptionally soiled utensil, or plate," but thought nothing more of it. A week passed, then another, and another until finally I was watching him do dishes one evening and noticed the faucet was permanently switched to spray.
Oh, hon your nozzle is on spray.
Well, don't you want to switch it to stream? It won't splash everywhere that way.
No. The spray works better.
You mean you choose the spray for everything?
Of course. Don't you?
No! The stream provides a much better wash, and makes way less mess.
So you turn the nozzle to stream all the time?
Turn it to stream? You mean you switch it back to spray?
We both stopped, and began laughing. Christopher thought the kids were playing with the nozzle, and constantly turning the water back to stream after he corrected it to spray. Its understood proper setting. I thought Christopher was forgetting to reset the nozzle from finishing some highly specialized task requiring the unique, but certainly not general purpose, use of the spray. We were in opposites camps!
I still use stream, almost without exception; and I am now convinced he turns it to spray even if only filling a glass of water for the kids to drink. Its okay though, since I am actively working to brainwash the children to recognize the superior choice.