Favorite Technology: My Washer

The family was sitting around after supper. (Frozen pizza again. That might be getting old already.) One of the girls said, “If you could only take three books with you to a deserted island, which books would you take?” I’m not very good at this game because I’m terrible at choosing favorites. Almost everything someone else says makes me want to change my answers. I tried to keep them playing without having to state my top choices, but my husband caught on immediately and made sure he said my name and made me answer.

So we did the usual: 3 books, 3 movies, 3 albums, 3 foods, etc.. It was really interesting. I don’t think we’ve done this since the girls were really little. (Now they’re 19 and 23.) I was happily surprised by some of their choices, and I learned I don’t have a clue what’s popular for music anymore. (I got Taylor Swift and then I’m out.)

Later, after everyone went their separate ways, I kept thinking about being stranded and objects I take for granted every day. There a many things I am learning I can do without. I don’t mind washing the dishes by hand now that I have more time to do them. (The dishwasher is working fine. I’ve just discovered I sort of like the hot water and bubbles.) I haven’t had the tv on hardly at all. (It’s so much quieter without it.) I barely even check my cell phone. (My family is with me most of the day.)

However, I shudder at the thought of giving up my washer. Laundry is such a pain: the sorting, the washing, the sorting again because some things can’t go straight into the dryer, the drying, the folding, sorting yet again, putting it away…Argh!!! And then, just when you think you’ve finished, there’s MORE! You’ve forgotten the towels, or the bedding, or the dog’s stinky blankets. And then, after you’ve finished all that, someone needs their favorite _________ and it’s time to start all over again! Laundry has to be my least favorite chore. Then I realized it could be so much worse. I thought about the month a few years ago when my washing machine quit. We had to haul everything to the laundromat. But at least I’ve never had to fetch the water from the creek or make my own laundry soap. (lye?) Thank goodness I’ve never had to beat an article of clothing on a rock. Are you kidding me? How did the pioneers stand it?!? I realize they didn’t know any differently and someday my great grandchildren will think my methods were barbaric, but for now I am just so grateful to have a washer and dryer to speed along that most hated of chores, the laundry.

5 thoughts on “Favorite Technology: My Washer

  1. I really enjoyed reading your slice as it had me thinking at each paragraph. My children are similar in age as your children, so I imagined playing this game with my family and anticipating the answers they would give . . . I giggled because I have no clue what music is popular . . . my favorite part was “everyone going their separate ways” as that’s exactly what happens in my house. Then I am left to think, think, think . . . and wonder about things like being stranded! I am going to take today to identify what I couldn’t do without, but if I were to guess, it would be the washer!

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  2. Upon reading your entries I can’t help but think that these days of quarantine are a “secret gift” to your family. It just seems like you guys are able to connect and have such rich quality time. I loved reading about the “If you could only take three books with you to a deserted island, which books would you take?” game. How fun! It is interesting to see the difference in needs by age level. I would give anything for everyone to “go their separate ways” sometimes. Instead I have the littles saying/screaming my name, “mama” repeatedly. Jonathan finally gets done with work and I need to leave the house to get on a walk.

    Such a fun slice. Thank you!

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    1. Your day will come, I promise. When I stayed home and my girls were little, there were days I thought I’d go nuts. My mother-in-law assured me that the tiem would go by quickly and that before I really wanted it to happen, the girls would become less dependent on me and I’d miss those crazy leg-clinging days. Hang in there!


  3. We always play a favorites game with my niece and nephew while we are in the pool. What’s your favorite food or color or tv show. You just gave me a new twist to this game, and I can’t wait to share it with them.

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