The new washer is here! Researched and pondered upon and paid for with cash. My original intent was to purchase the cheapest washer available, but then wiser heads provided counsel. Thank you family. We purchased a more expensive washer, but one that will last considerably longer and is very energy efficient. If you do an average of 6 loads of laundry a week on the cold setting, the washer has an estimated energy cost of $11 annually. Of course, I did 6 loads of laundry the first day! Still, it should save us money in the long run. Purchased on Memorial Day weekend, there were all kinds of sales, specials and rebates applied, so I am happy with the expense.
Our special needs budget is depleted and we go back to saving for the next item on the list. It’s a rather long list, but the “joy” factor in saving, waiting and anticipating is well worth it. It’s also new to me. I grew up in an environment where if you needed (wanted) it you went and got it. I am proud of the intentionality of this purchase.
The washer has been named “Tony” by my youngest daughter because it sounds like Iron Man when it fires up. She has spent considerable time watching the clothes spin and slosh around. “It’s like a fish bowl, but you don’t have to worry about the fish dying.” The first load found us all huddled around the washer watching for longer than I care to admit.
Today, I am reminded of the simple joy to be found in doing laundry. Taking a pile of dirty, smelly wrinkled clothing and transforming it. Being mindful in the transformative process. Sorting and filling the washer, measuring out the soap, watching it tumble…transferring the wet load to the dryer. Pulling out the warm, fresh items and carefully folding them into a neat stack. Quietly doing a task that I’ve done a thousand times before, but taking the time (and effort) to realize that even such a menial and mundane task is a blessing to others and a luxury that most of the world will never know.
Remembering that I am privileged to have as much as I have – electricity, a washer and dryer, a home to shelter it in, clothing and linens in an abundance, family to make things dirty, and the burgeoning ability to manage it financially with more wisdom.
Over time, it’s possible that washing will become a mindless task again…one in a list of many that I struggle through, but maybe not.
Perhaps, this very intentional purchase signals a significant change around here. That would be a blessing indeed.