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  • — What on earth are you doing?
    She nearly screamed as she hurried into the kitchen. He stared surprised from the blue rubber gloves on his hands to the yellow plastic stool he stood on.
    — Oh, I can see you’re cleaning the cooking hood, but why now?
    — ‘Cause there are corners in life where one prefers not to look and where the pus piles up, maybe?
    — I appreciate that, thank you very much. But this is not the right time!
    — Well, maybe not, and thank God there’s no perfect time for scraping away 2 years of condensed fat. That would be the most pitiful of all perfect times, wouldn’t it?
    — Honey, the kids are coming home in 20 minutes and they need to eat. Your son is due in the swimming pool at 5 and your daughter has music lessons.
    — Yeah, now that you mention that. Isn’t it funny that we’re always busy with urgent things while important, life-changing work often allows itself to be postponed. Until of course the pus starts oozing onto our heads.
    — HONEY! The most important thing is FOOD on the table!
    — Right on.
    And he wiped away the fat that allowed itself to be wiped, clicked the metal filter back into place and made deep-fried falafels with rice, a fruit salad and a yogurt sauce with some cream, lime, curcuma and ginger. That seemed to reconcile urgent with important for the time of this dinner.
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