I have been doing more laundry than usual and I really do not enjoy it. Okay, so in reality, my husband does most of our laundry. Yeah, I am pretty lucky, right? When we were newly married, I would wash and fold both of our clothes, but then he would come home and unfold and refold all of his clothes to fit his military style measurements. It was driving me crazy so guess who took over the laundry duties? However, lately he has been working longer hours than usual and to give him a break, I’ve been helping him when I can. But I really do not like doing laundry. It is one of my least favorite chores.
But then today (as if God was reminding me of just how good I actually have it) I remembered when I used to do laundry as a kid. I was about 10 years old and my brother was 12. We were both responsible for washing our own clothes. No, we didn’t have to take our basket of dirty clothes down the stairs to the laundry room. We didn’t have a laundry room. Instead, we would put our clothes in a cart and haul it to the laundromat that was several blocks away. Once we were there, we would sit there for several hours until it was done and then haul it back home. Sometimes our mom would come with us, but many times we had to go by ourselves. Yes, we had to cross that large busy street pictured below known as Western Avenue and I believe the laundromat was located at the corner of that tan building.
So as I sit here and stare at the pile of laundry that I have to fold, I will do it with a smile on my face. At least, I don’t have to put on my boots and coat and brave the Chicago winter. At least, I do not have to be in a room full of strangers quietly waiting for the buzzer to go off reminding me that it was time to switch my load. There were no such things as iPhones, iPods, or iPads back then. It was just my brother and I keeping each other company wishing we were back home. No. Today, I sit in the comfort of my own home, next to the fireplace, with the TV on. Yes, I will quietly fold away and just be thankful for laundry.
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