Lavandería

No doubt that my mamaw would say this is good for me. No doubt my mama would say the same; however, when I come back to the States in July, someone better treat me to a mani-pedi ASAP.

Thank goodness the soap package has directions on it, because I really didn’t know where to start. You see, when one has to hand-wash their clothing it gives a new appreciation for modern conveniences such as a washing machine. I always took pride in being fastidious about my laundry. I started doing my own pretty young–say ten years old. I love folding it right when it comes out of the dryer, making each item the same size with neat, straight corners and creases.

Now as I scrub my clothes down the built in washboard, I’m determined to not let something like hand-washing clothes get the best of me. So, I might smell a bit for six months? That’s okay! And every once in a while, I can take my clothes to the real Lavanderia. Then they will really get clean.

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I’m also reminded of Vincent asking last summer about the washboard Mama and Daddy have hanging with the antiques in the kitchen. With the curiosity of a child, he said, “Hey! What’s that instrument?!” I thought it was kind of neat at the time–that he could recognize something that could make music (as I believe music is inside of us naturally just waiting to come out–that’s why I think it pleased the Lord when David made joyful noise to him). So then my thoughts went to Johnny Cash, and “get a rhythm when you get the blues!” I’m finding my rhythm in every possible way–It makes a chore like washing hand-washing clothes a more pleasant experience.

I also have a hot water heater (boiler) that I have to turn on to get a hot lukewarm shower. Apparently I must have done something, because I can’t seem to light a flame now. The pilot is on, but it won’t fire up. I’m trying to translate the Spanish on the side of the boiler. I think it says something about being automatic… here’s to hoping I have eyebrows (and fingernails) in six months!

My Spanish lesson for the day:

Lavar- to wash
Lavandera- washwoman
Lavandería- laundry

One response

  1. If anyone can solved the hot water heater issue you can! You are a master problem solver! At least the weather is warm so a lukewarm shower won’t be so bad.

    The hand wash thing would get to me though. Handwashing clothes in Italy for a couple of weeks was long enough. I didn’t seem to rinse enough of the soap out!!!
    Hugs to you girl friend.
    M

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