Last night at about 7 p.m., the last of the old wallpaper fell to the floor. Hours and hours of soaking and scraping were finally over. The wallpaper was every bit as difficult to take off as the wallpaper in the computer room was.
The difficult job was made even more so due to the fact that when we last had the kitchen papered, we did not remove all of the backing from the previous wallpaper. 'Be sure, your sins will find you out.' Now that we are painting, not papering, it was important to do the job right.
I never dreamed 16 years ago that I would regret not removing all the old backing. The old gummy paste was really hard to get off. It was a good reminder to not just cover over ugly attitudes of pride, selfishness, bitterness, and envy; but to completely confess and remove them. Otherwise they come back to haunt you when you least expect it.
I'm working on Step Four: Taking an Honest and Spiritual Inventory. I need to soak, scrape, and scrub. I must uncover my negative as well as my positive qualities and deeds. If I don't do it right this time, I will have to come back and do it all over again, and it will be more difficult next time.
Cheri, thanks for the object lesson.