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Saturday, March 29, 2014
SLICE #30- THE LAUNDRY GODDESS
She's one of the few people I know who absolutely loves doing laundry.
And she's really, really good at it.
Her own laundry is always perfect-
ringless collars, creases aligned, no leftover spots.
I have occasionally been known to bring her
a few troublesome spots and stains
Because I knew that my mom,
the laundry goddess,
could make them all disappear.
But now that has all changed.
My mom cannot manage the walker,
maintain her balance,
and do laundry.
So my sisters and I have taken over.
Today I was at my mom's apartment
and the hamper was overflowing.
I was nervous because I knew
I could not hope to measure up to the standards
of the laundry goddess.
I did one load in the laundromat
across the hall from her apartment
It was slow.
and it didn't seem like the dryer worked all that well
I decided to bring the other two loads home
because my washer and dryer
work much better.
So tonight this
reluctant and incompetent
is doing laundry
for the goddess
My mom pulls clothes from the dryer
after only a few minutes
hangs them carefully on plastic hangers
clothespins the pant legs from the bottom
I usually throw everything in the dryer
and leave it until I need the dryer again
or need something out of that load
tonight I am digging through my closet
searching for plastic hangers and clothespins
and jumping up every few minutes
to pull items from the dryer
hoping that by some miracle
my meager efforts
will meet the approval
of my mother
the laundry goddess.
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Although our moms are good people, I think we place such hard expectations on ourselves to please. Do you think it's a 'girl' thing? Sorry you had to bring it home? That's tough, & then to get it looking great, tougher. I'm not such a laundry queen, hope it's spot free & relatively wrinkle free. Have a good break, Carol!
It sounds like you were working your laundry magic too. I had to laugh when you said you often leave your laundry in the dryer until you need something or another load is going through. At our house, my older kids now do their own laundry. We have instituted a game called "dryer chicken." The object is to leave your clothes until someone else gets stuck folding them because they need the dryer. I lose the game a lot.
I'm sure your mom appreciates your efforts.
I love the specificity of this writing. The tiny details that makes me feel like I know your mom and you. The way it seems you let me in on a secret of your attempt to live up to the laundry goddess. Your love for your mom is evident in this writing. Thank you for sharing it here.
Love this piece, Carol. What a labor of love you provided as lackey to the goddess. My mom was goddess of the ironing board. She loved ironing!
I can tell you love and respect your mom a lot. I'm sure other qualities/talents of your mom are instilled in you quite naturally. Love that you made her a goddess!
Made me teary. My mom is magical with laundry too.
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