Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Joy of Laundry?

"We should all do what, in the long run, gives us
joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry." - E. B. White
I can tell you, with certainty, that doing laundry does NOT bring me joy. Now, perhaps the sorting part is the simplest step in the whole procedure of laundering. The Type A personality in me probably gets some satisfaction from the orderliness of separating the darks and lights and towels and jeans. But I'm weird like that. The laundry task I like least, by far, is the folding...especially the whites. All those sox to match up sometimes is enough to send me over the edge. Then there's the gathering up of the hangers from 4 different closets and how they always get all tangled. And then, I don't hear the dryer turn off so now everything is wrinkled. But I digress. I suppose what E.B. White was saying is that, no matter how mundane or tedious our everyday tasks may be (who picks grapes, anyway?), that we need to find joy in our matter what. At least we have laundry to do. At least I have a modern day washer and dryer. At least we can pay our electric bill to run the washer and dryer. Yes, I am thankful for my laundry.

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