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Speckled Floors (in the Time of Corona)

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You know the ones I’m talking about – those tan/beige/brown dots on an otherwise would-be white floor, the ones that make you think this Israeli apartment hasn’t been renovated since the early ‘60s, the ones that – if you’re anything like me – make you want to rip them up and replace them with perfect, gleaming square white tiles.

My therapist has described me as having an OCD-like personality. If you have met me even a handful of times, and especially if you’ve known me for a long time, you understand why I find those speckled floors in my bedroom so irritating. It’s not just that the rest of the apartment flooring is plain ivory – no patterns reminiscent of the Old Yishuv – but it’s also the fact that I can’t see every speck of dirt on my bedroom floor, every stray strand that sheds when I brush my hair, every fuzzball that falls off the bookshelf.

In my previous apartments (there were two others over the past five years), my bedroom floors – and the rest of the apartment – had those perfect, gleaming square white tiles. Or at least they would be once I swept and mopped them. Now, I have to live with the fact that no matter how often and how intensely I sweep and mop my bedroom floors (and believe me, I sweep........

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