How do you feel about laundry? Most people I know don’t like it very much. They see it as a necessary task, but not something to be enjoyed. I for one LOVE to do laundry. I’ve been thinking about this post for months and how to articulate exactly why I find laundry so marvelous. It’s true, it is tedious and it’s relentless but it’s also a constant reminder of the people in my life and the memories we’ve been making together.
When I hang these clothes out to dry and then fold them up later, I can’t help but think about the person who was wearing them and what they were doing when they wore them. Those little octopus pajamas remind me of how sweet and snuggly Laffy Taffy was when I put him to bed last night. That polka dot dress reminds me of the little girl that twinkled and sparkled for an entire day-her joy is boundless!
Those denim jean shorts remind me of my hardworking, hard playing husband and the time he spends taking care of us and making us happy. Those black shorts remind me the jobs my sons have and the blessing that the job is in so many ways.
These clean and folded diapers remind me of the baby that I am so blessed to be caring for, for her bowels that are working properly and for the joy I find in cloth diapering.
These towels and swimsuits remind me of the fun that my little people have been having playing in the kiddie pool on the little deck. They think I’m “the best” for letting them do that.
So the bottom line is, laundry makes me thankful. Thankful for my family, thankful for the Lord’s provision, thankful for the memories that we are making together every day!
So to me laundry is MARVELOUS! And it is relentless, relentless in it’s ability to bring me to a place of thankfulness and contentment.
“And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” 1 Timothy 6:8