Thursday, August 23, 2007

I've Found Heaven, And It's Called Laundry

Yes. You read the title of this post correctly, and no, I haven't lost my mind. On the contrary, I think I've found a slice of heaven.

Oh, sure, there was a time (i.e. before child) when I hated doing laundry. I would instead let the laundry pile up until I ran low on undergarments just so I could read one more chapter in my book, write one more entry in my journal or just putter around the house. I still let the laundry pile up, but I do it so I can have some quiet time.

Take yesterday, for example. My hubby was at home, grading finals, and was therefore able to keep an eye on our son while I "set up shop" in our basement family room. I took with me a tall glass of raspberry iced tea, set up the ironing board and iron in front of the TV and tuned in to HGTV. I hung out downstairs while load after load was washed and dried, and then I did the ironing.

For 2 1/2 hours it was just me, my thoughts, my tea and a few really expensive seaside homes -- on TV, of course. As I ironed I dreamed of one day owning a home that overlooks the ocean. Each puff of steam from my iron became the various features this home would have: large windows, a grand open staircase, a massive kitchen with center island, a large library. You know, all the essentials in life. ;-) I thought about whether this home would be in Ireland, Oregon or Hawaii; about whether it would be Edwardian, Mediterranean or, heck, a mansion. I didn't care.

Do you know what was the best part about this experience? Unlike in "real life" I can control the volume in my basement hideaway. I love my family dearly, but a girl's gotta have time to daydream, right?

Yes, it was pure bliss. I think next time I'll take an umbrella drink with me and really relax.

-- Originally posted by Just Mom on May 16, 2007.


Lori said...

Great idea Aisha.
Why not make our daily tasks fun!!!

weavermom said...

Oh, I love those times where I have luxury of daydreaming. My favorite is in the car when they are sleepy and quiet. :) Haven't tried the laundry one - have to think about that!

MorningSong said...

I loved laundry pre-kids and now - I feel like I am drowning!! I need a laundry haven and THAT would change my look at laundry. I used to do all of our landry one day a week. Now - I DO LAUNDRY EVERY DAY OR WE HAVE PILES AND PILES AND PILES OF THE STUFF!! AHem. Anyway, your laundry sounds blissful! :)

Amber said...

I AM definitely gonna start that!!! I do 100 load everyday--so to take the nightmare of that away, I think happy thought....great post!!!

weavermom, don't daydream too much while driving, you got me worried:P


Anonymous said...

LOL!! This is such a fun post

Penless Thoughts said...

This was great!!!

Tricia said...

I always do my laundry when the kids are in bed at night and I am able to sit down and watch tv while I fold.