A whiff of the unspectacular

September 10th, 2008

1. The washing machine broke over the weekend.
2. The spin cycle went all to hell and the dirty water won’t drain.
3. I hate it when it breaks altogether. I feel helpless and vulnerable.
4. On the flip side, I rarely appreciate how good life is when it works.
5. The laundromat is really quite a sane place.
6. On a weekday morning, it’s quiet, welcoming and warm.
7. Filled only by the rhythmic hum of its unspectacular duty.
8. The whole ordeal reminds me that if I want to fix anything I have to do it myself.
9. Wring it out by hand and hang it on a line.

With help from Jena for giving me a nudge, and to Amy for lending me her entire left brain.


  1. A finely crafted post that gets to the heart of the matter.

    Comment by Kristin H. — September 10, 2008 @ 5:43 pm

  2. I so, SO love the post! The Karl Rove link made me laugh out loud.

    Comment by Mama Zen — September 10, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

  3. Brilliant. So glad you turned me on to the Huffington Post site. This is serious mobilization time! We’re going to venture across the border into NH one of these days…

    Comment by Jena Strong — September 11, 2008 @ 12:20 am

  4. very well crafted, indeed.

    on a purely literal level, i am having laundry troubles myself…

    Comment by Phyllis Sommer — September 11, 2008 @ 2:39 am

  5. Brava!

    Comment by nyjlm — September 11, 2008 @ 4:41 am

  6. I am honored to lend you any part of my brain, any time.

    It made me feel so much better to reach out to you, and I love knowing that it happened at a time that meant something to you, too.

    Comment by MojoMom — September 11, 2008 @ 11:30 am

  7. Awesome. Very clever, and of course, as always, insightful and saying what I’m thinking! 🙂

    Comment by denise — September 11, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

  8. You make me want to go the the laundry mat. I think I will on a quiet Tuesday morning in November.

    Comment by Shalet — September 12, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

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