Wash Day

We live in one of the older apartment complexes that not only doesn’t have washers and/or dryers, but also doesn’t have any hook-ups for said washers and dryers.

It is a big production for me. At least two or three times a week, I gather up about two to three batches of clothes, walk down a flight of stairs, put the clothes in the car, drive to the laundromat, and then carry the clothes into the laundromat.

I really dislike doing the wash when the outdoor temperature is under 33 degrees. One day, I had only walked on the side-walk with ice on it (no clothes in hand). I slid and hurt my knees. I couldn’t walk without pain for a long long time.

I am not complaining . . . much.

When I was growing up, we lived far away from electricity. We had to haul in our drinking water in big barrels. I used to wash the clothes in buckets and then hang them out to dry on the lines. I could spend days handwashing and handscrubbing those clothes. At the time there were six children and two adults.

So yes, it is much easier now. However, as I stand at the top of the stairs, I carefully feel for the next step. I know that the capricious wind is going to slam into my back and I will fall thirty steps, breaking my neck.

I know. I know… I have a huge imagination.

But I go through this scenario everytime I creep down those stairs with a basket of clothes in my hands, which is why I only take two or three batches at a time.

Carrying the clothes up the stairs is not quite so nervewracking. I am only tired, not scared.

I know. I could wait for the weekend and have my husband carry the clothes down. But, he works all week. He takes care of me. This is one of the chores that I have taken on so that I can care for him. It gives me self-esteem.

So I will take two batches of clothes down the stairs tomorrow. I will sit in front of the dryers and watch the clothes spin. I will fold them and put them away.

And, I will feel good. I accomplished something.


About Cyn Bagley

My life is a mixture of travel, jobs, and disease. You can find some of my novels on amazon.com under the name Cyn Bagley.
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2 Responses to Wash Day

  1. chiefbiscuit says:

    Have a fantastic Christmas Cyn – see you in the New Year! 🙂

  2. Merry Christmas chiefb. And a Happy New Year. 🙂

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