Tuesday, May 4, 2010

First trip to the 'Mat

....ok, so three gargantuan bags of Laundry in tow, my husband and I hopped in the car. There was a slight feeling of freedom and mischieviousness about it...like ooooohh laundry! What kind of trouble can we get into... hee hee hee???

The kids stayed at home with my Mom (who lives with us--more on that later), and she plopped a pork roast in the oven with all the glorious sides--a warm feast for when we returned.

The feeling at first was one of dread...how long would we have to pack up and go to the laundry mat before we could purchase a new washing machine? What kind of people would we encounter at the "laundrymat...eeewww?" We didn't even know how many quarters we would need..the last time we washed clothes in a public facility was...(ahem!)....college??

But the sun started to set over the horizon and my husband and I were free...a road trip to the 'mat. At least for the next hour and a half.

We got to the Mega Mat, which was so big and bright and clean, to our surprise. In went load one, then two, then three... $3.25 a pop to wash... BUT... we were getting ALL of the week's laundry done in one load time! Revelation!

There we sat... at first silent, waching the machines soap up and go round and round and round and round... Me, being the analytical one who believes that every single thing happens for a reason was pondering the reason for me being there on this particular day at that particular moment. Why? There had to be a reason. Drew, my husband, on the other hand, was thinking about what snack he was gonna get from the Mexican store next door. (Ofcourse he was.) He said, "I'll be right back, I need to go get change for this $20." He returns with a giant can of cold, coconut milk. I was like, "What is that?" I took a sip hesitantly, when all of a sudden, I felt chunks in my mouth! Chunks of coconut! Not flakes or slivers, but chuncks! I wasn't expecting that and nearly gagged. Drew looked at me and cracked up, and we found ourselves giggling like kids in a quiet classroom. We sat there for the next several minutes, watching people, observing, making comments to each other that no one else could hear. It was the start of something really good. There we were, doing something totally productive for our family, yet goofing off like kids.

We finished that laundry in an hour and a half... washed...dried...folded...home and put away! Tyhat's right...put away! It's one thing to wash and dry...it's a whole 'nother thing to fold and put away. And, we actually enjoyed a chore that would normally cause arguments, unappreciation, and stress in our household. Ofcourse, I had to make my calculations... (I think I get that OCDness from my Dad)... I figured I normally spent 12 hours a week being a slave to a neverending pile of laundry a week... that 's 48 hours a month! More than a full time work week EVERY SINGLE MONTH! Doing it this way, we would spend a mere six hours of silly time talking about stupid things we would never make time to talk about or laugh about.

We got back in the car, cheeks hurting from laughter, stomachs growling for the meal that awaited us. On the way home, I realized my purpose for being there.


  1. Jacquie...this is great! I would feel the same way that you did if I suddenly had to go the the laundry mat....ewwwww! I haven't been to a laundrymat since 1970. My ex and I found a "laundry lady" who did our clothes even cheaper than the laundry mat during our last 2 years in college.

    Did you know that some towns have up scale laundries with snack bars and even beer? I have seen quite a few "Suds and Duds" laundries....a business idea?

    BTW, I know your writing is always perfect, so it is this site that is leaving out a word here and there at the end of a line....

    Can't wait for the next installment....

  2. Thanks, Jacquie, for sharing the link. I loved the post. Did you end up liking the coconut juice? It actually sounds pretty good...chunks and all.

    I'm with you, a hopeless searcher for the reason for everything. My blog is title Well-Written Days: Write where I'm supposed to be. I just know there's a lesson in all that happens and I like to talk with my husband about what it is. He, on the other hand, is with your husband - next door looking for a snack. So funny!

  3. oops, titled

    I tried to preview but published instead.