Ramblings of a crazy washer woman



Women are washers by nature.

We wash clothing, dishes, countertops and mud-caked boots. We wash walls and floors and cars. We wash toilets and tubs and dirty faces. We wash windows. We wash tabletops.

We wash our hands … sometimes of an entire situation.

Sometimes we powerwash: porches, siding … people — but only when the dirt is really, really thick.





I wash thinking about my washing habits this morning.

I love laundry on the line. I love it even more when it’s down and folded and put away. Those few, brief moments — sometimes a few hours — when my baskets are empty and there’s no dirty laundry in sight.

And we all hate dirty laundry.

It ranks right up there with skeletons in the closet.





I pondered the plight of a washer woman this morning …

While I was making the bed … brewing coffee … putting a load of clothes in the dryer so I could put a load in the washer (I can’t stand line-dried bath towels).

I washed the teeth of a little boy, followed by his face. Then I reminded him to wash his hands. I washed my own before making him breakfast. And after we’d eaten, I reminded all of them to put their dishes in the sink …

so I could wash them.


The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life from our souls. ~ Pablo Picasso

All will come out in the washing. ~ Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth,
but by washing away from it all that is not gold. ~ Leo Tolstoy


So at this point, you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m trying to say.

I don’t know.

I did know. I had an epiphany of sorts, about washing. I was going to write about it.

And then my kids interrupted, the phone rang, and I had to go outside and see my son’s chalk art.

And now?

I’ve got nuthin’.

But I hope you enjoy the quotations and artwork.

Oh, and I hope you get all of your laundry done.

Don’t forget to wash your face.

And your hands, especially before cooking or eating.

Go forth and … wash.



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    Jane July 28, 2010 (8:07 am)

    You always make me smile! Entered the pic like you suggested!! 🙂

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    The Farmerswife July 28, 2010 (9:51 am)

    I think I hate laundry as much as you. A wise woman (my grandma) told me once “as long as there are dirty clothes to wash, you have a very active and healthy family to keep clean” So, THANK GOD FOR DIRTY CLOTHES!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a great “wash day”

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    georgia peach July 28, 2010 (3:34 pm)

    I’ve done a ton clothes since we have gotten home and I’m still not finished. It never ends. 🙂

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    Farmgirl July 28, 2010 (6:43 pm)

    Smiles are my goal, Jane! The Farmerswife … that’s awesome advice. I’d do best to remember it, too. Thanks!
    Tonya … I’ll be feelin’ your pain in a few weeks! 🙂