365 Days of Thankfulness

Day Twenty-eight December 22, 2017

Today I am thankful for having a washer and dryer in our house.

I’m not a fan of doing laundry but having the appliances make the chore less arduous.  I remember having to take my clothing to the laundromat when I was renting a room from a lady in Greensboro in 1982.  A  girlfriend had also stayed in town that summer as I had, working to try to make fall college tuition, and we would meet there and sit cross-legged on the washers and talk between loads.  Having her company made laundry day more bearable.

I also remember having only a washer in the mobile home I rented when it turned out I was not going to be able to make enough money to go back to school that fall.  I had a wooden fold-out drying rack and an outdoor clothesline on which to dry my clothes.  Thinking of this I recall my paternal grandmother who used a wringer-washer until the early eighties because that and washboards were all she had ever known.  I remember the crispness of clothes hung on a line in warm weather as a child and wonder if we are really better off today.

But as you do laundry, if you are fortunate enough to have in-house appliances, think about those who have to gather their laundry into their cars to take them to a public laundromat.   Or even more, think about those who have no money to even do that and be thankful for, as it is said, “There but for the grace of God, go I”.


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