An Exchange Between Husband and Wife

You should know that McD is somewhat of a jokester.

You should also know that I am somewhat gullible.

This evening, we were in the kitchen, as we are oft times.  Chatting, laughing, prepping dinner together.  McD mentioned he hoped the water would heat in time as he was adding cold water to a stock pot.  My solution was to start with hot water (duh).  To which McD launches into a dissertation about hot water and cooking and lead in the pipes.

At this point you should know our house is fairly new, and this is the FIRST time I’m hearing this new informational theory.  I’m listening to him, amused because surely this is a line of BS right?  After a minute I can stand it no longer.

“Babe, by that theory, we should be boiling all water because we use hot water to wash the dishes that we eat off of” I say

“I saw it on TV.  The hot water draws the lead out of the pipes”

“Really…..” I say with a smirk

“YES” McD answers incredulously

We volley back and forth with similar pokes and prods when McD leaves the kitchen with the remark…”you’re hurting my feel bads”  which just makes me laugh even harder.  (God, am I really that heartless??)  So now it’s really on.  I’ve caught him playing a joke and I’m not gonna play the fool this time.  I’ve seen through his little practical joke!  Maybe I’m not as blonde as I thought.  Maybe I’m growing up, maturing, losing some of my gullible-ness.  I am having a hey-day as I continue to poke and prod. Yelling snide remarks from my bunker in the kitchen.

After a while of no return remarks, I grow tired and continue about my work when my sweet husband comes in, kisses my forehead, and says a little too sweetly…”check your email.”

Hot Water and Cooking

Lead, the nasty neurotoxin that can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities to seizures and death, has a way of sneaking into our homes; it’s been found in our kids’ toyspaint , and even glassware. And, if you aren’t careful, it can be in your water, too.

Though it’s not usually found in source water, it can get in to the wet stuff coming out the tap through your plumbing, which slowly corrodes over time. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes and fixtures, and even legally “lead-free” plumbing may contain up to 8 percent lead. Plus, it can add up: A study published in The Journal of Environmental Health in 2002 found that 14 percent to 20 percent of total lead exposure comes from tap water. To avoid downing a dose of lead with your next glass of water, theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises to only use cold tap water for consumption (drinking and cooking), especially when doing things for your little ones, like mixing baby formula. Youngsters aged 6 years and under are most at risk, because their bodies are growing quickly.

Hot water is more corrosive, drawing more of the nasties out (something we saw recently on TreeHugger in relation to bisphenol A, another nasty chemical), so using cold water-and flushing out your pipes until the water runs as cold as it’ll go when it’s been sitting for awhile-helps minimize the risk. Regularly testing your water will help ensure that your water is safe to drink, and give you peace of mind, too.

 The original post is here.

So now, I’m here having to eat a big fat piece of humble pie and publicly apologize to my dear sweet husband….for all to witness….so here goes…  ooop looks like I have a phone call…apologies will have to wait for another day hee hee!!!

Until next brag…..

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