FOLDING LAUNDRY

Folding laundry is a lonely job.
Stuck in a cell
by my lonesome
while everyone else is having fun
I count 1-2-3
making sure the edges meet
those pants and shirts
draw out from me
deep seated existential angst
wear – wash – fold – deliver
to the respective drawers
take out – wear- wash – fold
in the lonely room, the clothes
keep me company
their sweet scented presence
whispers: routine has its purpose.

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16 comments

  1. Laundry is like cleaning house and cooking, it can always be done. But be glad though for each pair of those little pants you fold, for each pair represents someone you dearly love and one day, you can teach that dear loved one how to do laundry! 🙂

    • Ah, I just heeded your advice. This morning, I called my older ones and asked them to put their clean folded clothes in their drawers. Of course, I had to shake my head when they just shoved in the clothes I painstakingly folded. A little victory at a time, I suppose. 😉 🙂

  2. ahhh, yes….laundry can be a lonely job, but sometimes I find it to be a good time to reflect on the person who belongs to the clothes. I think about them, pray for them, reminisce about their life and what they mean to me. I guess I might be one of the strange people out there who doesn’t mind doing the laundry….and yes routine does have purpose. 🙂

    • Ah, I should keep this nugget in mind. I guess, if I do as you do, instead of envying my husband, I’d be a happier camper. But..but..but, sometimes, brilliant ideas get in my head – I call my husband to help me. then, I will not be bored folding the laundry. 🙂

  3. What a lovely ode to a mundane chore. Folding clothe has always been a satisfying experience for me. It provides order and routine somehow for my otherwise disordered life. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you, Diane. 🙂 Cleaning the fridge and the floor give to me what folding laundry gives you. Somehow, I like buffing floors and seeing them shiny and feeling them smooth under my feet.

  4. I taught my little ones to do it and for a time they were eager to do it. Now they would rather play 🙂
    “Sometimes” I look forward to folding laundry – it’s a special time I have all to myself without anyone demanding my attention 😉
    Cheers, Mary

    • My hats off to you for the patience to teach the children. I get frustrated when they don’t fold the clothes well. Maybe, it’s because I did not teach them well. :-))

      • I’m sure you did your job with the laundry…they probably just have something better to do now and know you’re there to do the laundry. Kids are wise 😉

  5. The thing about laundry is that it is never really done. There are always more dirty clothes. Laundry in our house has turned into a a family affair (men’s work – my husband does their laundry and the boys have to help fold and hang up their stuff :))

    • Janna, I think that it is my lament with laundry. Before you even get to fold the last clothes, another pile of dirty clothes is waiting to be done, and then there’s the freshly washed clothes waiting to be folded soon.
      Sometimes, I ask my husband to have a bonding time with me doing and folding the laundry. And today- I asked the bigger boys to deliver their own clothes to their drawers. 🙂

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