Today’s word: goshigoshi
As you can tell, goshigoshi is one of those repetitive onomatopoeic words that I like so much. It’s the word to describe scrubbing, particularly when washing.
When my sister and I were very young, we used to take baths together. My mom (and sometimes my dad) would wash us with a washcloth, and I seem to remember goshigoshi said for scrubbing our backs. After washing our bodies, we would wash our hair, and my mom would rinse our hair by holding onto us as we tilted our heads back into the water as she scrubbed our heads. I vividly remember the smell of Johnson & Johnson’s baby soap and shampoo.
Once the bath was done, we would dry off, then put our towels on my parents’ bed and get powdered. Then we would put on our pajamas, and then suffer through hair combing and ear cleaning. Bedtime followed soon after.