Monday, January 15, 2007

Airing my Dirty Laundry

Intellectually I know that there is more to life than laundry. However, I can't seem to find a way to prove it! In my house, laundry is omnipresent. It doesn't go away and it multiplies faster than rabbits! People talk about losing socks in the dryer. I'd love to lose some! Instead, I think my dryer is a breeding ground for clothing! It's like a clown pulling long strands of handkerchiefs out of his sleeves, as long as I reach into the dirty clothes hampers, the washer or the dryer, there are clothes there! Continuously. Always. Forever and ever.

My mother read a blog in which the writer called the heaps of dirty laundry "Mount Neverrest!" I find that very appropriate. Patricia Heaton, the actress who played Debra on Everybody Loves Raymond, once said, "I don't remember my mother ever playing with me. And she was a perfectly good mother. But she had to do the laundry and clean the house and do the grocery shopping." How sad is that! It's not quite that bad in my house, yet. Although I do wonder what I did before I got married and had 3 children. I don't remember laundry ever being an issue for me when I lived alone. It didn't occupy my thoughts and hang over my head like it does now. However, I don't feel as strongly about it as Laurence J. Peter did. He is quoted as saying, "It's better to have loved and lost than to have to do forty pounds of laundry a week."

Well, the washer and dryer are both running. I think I'll go downstairs and play a quick game of ping pong with the kids.


Joan said...

Play a whole tournament! The laundry will be there when you get back! You managed to write a light post about a very heavy topic -- good work!

Debi Lewis said...

Over Christmas, my sister-in-law Angela, told me about a website that has changed her life: It is information and encouragement for household organization, by someone who struggles with organization. I have been trying to "fly" since New Year's and am amazed at the difference it is making for me.
She had very practical "baby steps" to take to get the house under control.
I recommend it highly!

Terrell said...

What a beautifully written post on LAUNDRY, of all things!! What a hoot you are!