I should have known it was only a matter of time.
Really, we've been very lucky that our builders are such lovely, considerate, neat men. But, with all these other tradies - roofers, plumbers, electricians - coming to work on our house, it was bound to happen.
This was something I noticed about our builders when they first came to speak with us. It was a conscious thought - something we would need to talk about if they were inclined to do this. But I forgot about all the other tradies. Amidst all the other things going on, I hadn't given it any more thought.
But then, yesterday, it happened. I was washing the dishes and there was one of the plumbers, right outside the kitchen window.
Smoking. And I knew exactly what he was about to do with that butt. I watched as he stamped it into our front garden. Not. Happy. This was something I knew about the builders right from that first meeting - after all, they didn't smell of smoke. If they had, I would have spoken to them about the binning of butts.
I went outside and spoke to them - very, very politely and extremely restrained. I didn't go on the rant I wanted to; I merely asked them to put their butts in the bin because we have a toddler who is likely to find them and put them in her mouth. They were very apologetic and I thanked them profusely for understanding.
I restrained from telling them it's just a revolting thing to do, littering like that. (Clearly I should have, though, because half an hour later he was putting a butt on our front nature strip. Sigh.)
I stopped myself from telling them not to smoke anywhere in eyesight of my daughter. Ideally I'd like her to never know about smoking, to live in a world where it doesn't exist. Unrealistic much?
Yes, I was very restrained. Especially considering the rant I go on in public if I see anyone littering with a cigarette butt, or the huge fuss I make if someone blows smoke near me or Abbey.
Like I say, it was bound to happen. With tradies coming in and out all day, every day, it's just lucky - and probably goes to show how much smoking has reduced in society - it hasn't happened before now.
Unless I've not seen it... (excuse me while I go outside with a magnifying glass.)