Laundry Adventures

Several other moms and I were comparing notes about surprises we’ve found in the washing machine.  When our children [or husbands!!!!] have failed to empty their pockets before shedding their dirty clothes.  One mom declared that her children (ages 7, 10, and 11) each have a designated day to wash their own laundry.  If they forget to empty their pockets, they’ll only ruin their clothes.  Hmm.

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Over the past several years, I’ve instructed our children regarding laundry processes.  I’ve haphazardly required their participation in laundry tasks.  But not in a consistent manner. They are physically and cognitively able to complete every necessary step.  It’s time.

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Today, Circuit (age 10) proudly gathered his laundry.  A few minutes later, I heard the washing machine whir.  I tried to resist the urge to ask, “Did you check your pockets?”  I truly want my children to own this job.  But I couldn’t avoid the question.  At least not on his first full day as laundry boy.  From the other room, I could hear the washing machine door reopening.  Apparently, Circuit had not remembered to check his pockets.  Here is what he found:

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chapstick, a flashlight filter, and an empty mint wrapper.

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I don’t want to imagine how Burt’s Bees chapstick would have coated Circuit’s clothing and our washing machine.

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Maybe I should pray for new washing machine funds???

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Conclusion:  At the time of this posting, Circuit has successfully washed, dried, and put away his laundry.  Nothing ruined (of which I’m aware)!  Stay tuned for further laundry adventures.

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2 thoughts on “Laundry Adventures

  1. Cynthia says:

    Yea. I’m thinking that would have made a BIG mess of the washing machine.

  2. Kristine says:

    Actually, the washing machine is not usually the problem. It’s the dryer. Ask me how I know. 🙂 Or maybe don’t ask me!

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