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While Doing Laundry this morning, I stopped to reflect back on the beginning of our marriage when we didn't have a drier (for a period of about 4 months) and had to hang everything out back on the clothes line to dry. I thought about how much laundry I do on a regular basis and how many more people I am doing laundry for now, and I couldn't help but think how fortunate I am not to have to stand outside in the heat of Las Vegas (or in the cold of the winter) and hang clothes anymore.
I also thought back to a time before washing machines were invented when the mothers had to set aside a whole day (or more for those with large families) just to do laundry. My grandma told me one time when I was growing up that she often wore the same dress more than once before it was washed. I can't even get my 12-year-old to wear the same pair of jeans twice in a row. :-P
Seriously though, I can't imagine how I would fare if I couldn't just throw a load of laundry in the washer in between the other motherly duties that I carry out on a daily basis. It feels like washing clothes is the beast that never sleeps as it is.
So today, I am grateful for a functioning washer and drier, and for the manner of ease in which I am able to provide fresh and clean clothing for my family to wear (as well as clean towels, sheets, blankets, etc...). I may absolutely loathe folding said clothes and putting them away (probably my least favorite chore. haha), but I recognize that there are still so many people out there who are less fortunate - who don't have these same luxuries and must still resort to the clothes line - or worse, a laudromat. :-/
All Things Purple: Thirty Days of Gratitude