Katie Couric's Notebook: Let's Dish

Hi, everyone.

As I approach my 50th birthday, I've come to an important conclusion. People can be divided into two categories: those who wash or rinse their dishes before putting them in the dishwasher…and those who don't.

I am not a particularly fastidious person, but when I see a plate streaked with crusty tomato sauce in my dishwasher, it makes me crazy.

My nephew lived with us for a year between college and graduate school and was famous for this. When I chastised him, his response was: "it's called a dishwasher, not a dish-rinser." All I know is that when it comes to this, I follow in my mom's footsteps -- someone who would clean the dishes so thoroughly, you could skip the dishwasher completely.

This makes me realize how much our attitudes are shaped by osmosis and modeling. Which is an important reminder: when it comes to washing dishes or forming attitudes….how you live your your life will affect your children far behind the rinse cycle.

That's a page from my notebook.