Weekends tend to be more hectic than week days. There’s more work to do, more cooking to do and the work never ends !!! Sigh !!!
Because of all the extra cooking and eating, there has been backlogs on my regular routine work. And one of those “I hate this” chore, is the folding of clothes after drying.
But one of my friend told me that it is highly therapeutic !! 🙄 I simply don’t know what kind of therapy, will folding clothes give !!! Anyway, today I decided that I’ll make this chore, more user-friendly and greatly therapeutic in nature !!! Dont ask me how !!! 😉
Sitting with the loads of washed laundry, with music playing in the background, I set to work !!!
I first thought of doing the easiest job in this – that is separating those clothes that need to go the person, who does the ironing. See, I don’t have to fold them all so neatly and properly. A haphazard folding will do !!! Thats quite easy, isn’t it ??!!!
One look at that new white shirt of S, sent me 15 days back to that horrible day, when I did the biggest laundry mishap.
It was early morning and I had risen early to look at the sunrise. Having got up early on a holiday, I decided to put S’s office clothes for wash. I had cleared all the pockets (or so I thought) of S’s shirts and pants and loaded the washing machine. He needed this particular white shirt, for his meeting and it was his favourite shirt too !!! By the time the washing was done, I opened the washing machine, to find the biggest disaster of all. There had been a ball-point pen in one of the pockets and My God, the ink had leaked and stained every shirt and pant !!! 😦
First, I took out all the clothes and scrubbed the washing machine tub – even that had blue stains. Then soaked all the clothes in the best of all the detergents, which they assure will remove any stain and scrubbed the shirts and pants !!! What a holiday scrubbing !!! A day spent on washing and more washing !!!
That white shirt, still has a few stains of the blue ink, which my eyes can make out, through the glasses !!!! 😦
Then came my daughter’s favourite T-Shirt for folding. Oh-Ho !!! Look at that stain !!! The stain has become quite light, but still its visible to me – I can see those stains and all, with my new glasses, you see !!!! 😉 That stain was from the spilling of the sabzi, we had in our favourite restaurant, in Hyd. Just thinking about the stain, my mind wandered to Hyd and the restaurant and all the fun we had that day !!! Oh !! I am missing that city and its great food !!!
The handkerchiefs have paint stains !!! It refuses to go !!! My daughter has used it to wipe her hands, during her arts classes.
Those white socks tell another story of school days – I just couldn’t understand the need for removing the shoes and roaming in white socks. Its turning to brown colour, slowly !!!! 😦
Have you seen that Surf Excel ad, in which the little boy will act like his teacher’s puppy and do all sorts of things ??? I used to wonder about how that boy’s mother will clean that white shirt !!! May be its a good ad to show that stains wont come in the way, to show the love for a teacher !!! But I am always worried about the stains !!!
Every piece of laundry brought back so many memories – the saree which S got for me, the shirt which we got during our holiday to Malaysia and many more. And the soft material of the pyjamas brought back the comfort, while just touching it.
Now, going back and forth to all those places, where I’ve bought stuff, made that one hour job, so very pleasant. And I felt very happy thinking about all the memories !!!!
Sometimes, I felt that these stains too had a tale to tell !!! And some of the tales, made me yearn for those trips, again !!! The conclusion, Daag achhe hai !!! 🙂
So, in a sweet yet stained way, I realised that I am feeling wonderful !! Indeed folding clothes and sorting them out, is great therapy to the tired soul in me !!! 🙂