A few years ago, after watching my first Monk episode, I called my husband into the room and said, "Honey, you know how we always joke about me having OCD? Well, I think I may actually have it".
His remark: "I wasn't joking".
The entire Monk cast and crew have turned obsessive compulsion disorder into a functional, comical and appealing disorder. The chemistry of the actors and the artistry of the writers have accomplished much in the realistic depiction of this personality type.
Allow me to share some confessions of a Monk personality (I use the name monk as an adjective and verb and I think it should be placed in the dictionary like the word Google).
I am a salesperson and I must shake hands throughout the day. I carry wipes in my carry-all, car and extra wipes in the trunk.
I unplug all electrical devised when I leave home.
I carry my own toilet paper.
When I return home at night, I remove my shoes and place them on the rug inside the door. After I clean the bottoms, I move them to the other rug directly to the right. Then, I change my clothes and place the worn clothes on a hanger on a rack for clothes that have been exposed to public seats, common areas, etc., but not ready to be washed.
Every time I have ever relocated, I not only changed the existing toilet seats, I replaced the toilets.
I brushed my dog's teeth night and wiped him off with a wash cloth and a towel.
I bleach my toilet if somebody else uses it because, in Monk's own words, "it is not a public toilet".
I brush and floss my teeth throughout the day.
I clean the inside of my car every week.
I am in a constant struggle to maintain symmetry in my home, my wardrobe and in the conference room at work.
I wash my hair at home before I go to the salon because I don't want to put my head in their sink.
I had to stop going to the chiropractor because I just couldn't keep putting my face in his chair.
I could go on and on. One of my favorite episodes was "Mr. Monk and the Leper" because I loved Natalie's reaction to kissing a leper. We can all appreciate the humor when a "normal" person reacts to an unusual set of circumstances.
In closing, I want to thank you. I am out of the closet. I am proud to be a "Monk-ish" person.
Thank you, Ina K.
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