This is a snippet of the conversation I overheard this morning between my parents:
Dad: “Is this for whites?”
Mom: “It’s a color but it’s color-fast so you can actually add it to the whites.”
And I, at that moment wondered to myself, what in the world is color-fast? And then I remembered that my mom sure knows her laundry!
My mother often muses that if she were to write her autobiography she would have to call it, The Laundress. Throughout her life laundry is something my mother has always done very well. Doing laundry is one of those things that we don’t really talk about but we all must do (unless we are lucky enough to have someone do it for us). Of course it’s not as glamorous as shopping for one’s clothes or wearing one’s clothes but it is just as vital to the preservation of one’s clothes. Laundry and ironing are the workhorses of clothing-care. And at a certain point most of us learn how to do it. I do the majority of my family’s laundry, but the times are changing in my house. My son will be going off to college in a year and it is his turn to learn about the unspoken world of laundry.
Who does the laundry in your house?