When we lived in Italy near the US Army Post the locals had a saying, “You can tell where the Americans live by the dirt on the windows.” In the Netherlands it wasn’t long after our move-in that the window cleaning service came by to let us know the previous tenants got all the exterior glass cleaned once a month for 40 euro. Did we want to sign up? No.
However, we were hosting a dinner party recently and I happened to notice the pollen and such on our windows. So I gave the service a call. I’m so glad I did or I might never have learned about Lucky Poop.
See, there’s this huge splat of bird poo in our driveway that I swear was dropped by a low flying condor. So when the window cleaner brought up the stuff…well, it went like this.
(Heavy Dutch accent) “I stepped in de *hit over there.”
“Oh that bird poop is awful,” I said. “I’m so sorry.”
“No,” he said, “de duck *hit.”
“It’s from a duck? I wouldn’t have thought theirs would be so large.”
“No. Duck *hit. Duck.”
Obviously I wasn’t understanding. “Duck?”
“No. In de grass. Duck. Bow-wow. Duck.”
“I’m so sorry.”
“No, no. Good thing.”
“In de Nederlands we have a saying. Step in dog *hit, you lucky all day.”
Thanks to my dogs, I learned something I might never have known about this country we live in. And since our sons haven’t done that chore for a few days I figure we have one of the luckiest yards in Holland.