Having just returned home from a ten day vacation from Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, it became clear that I would have to do laundry immediately. I also found that our washer is not properly working and waiting on it to be fixed immediately was only a dream. The washer was going to need new parts.
So I decided to go to the laundromat. I haven't been to a laundromat in twenty years and only then because the kids were in 4-H and needed jeans washed and returned to them for the next event or show that called for clean clothes.
Nothing much has changed in those twenty years. I find myself there with others my age, wearing sweat pants and a baggy sweatshirt because all the clothes needed washed. Glamor shots at the laundromat are not taken here!
I started my line of washing machines, six washers all together, the tubs aren't as big as my washer at home. I add the detergent and the quarters and looked for a chair to wait. There are no chairs, so I go to the car and get my folding chair, left in the car from the last pow wow and bring it inside.
As I sit and wait 25 minutes for the washers to run, I have time to observe my surroundings. People watching is always a great way to spend time. These are the things I found amusing............
..... Children find laundry carts on wheels to be the most fun. No matter how many times their grandma threatens them.
..... Men seem totally out of place in a laundromat.
..... People can't really hear the TV because of all the noise from the washers and dryers and children squabbling.
..... Magazines are tattered and torn, unreadable and outdated.
..... No one seems to be any happier than I am to be there!
..... NO ONE here is interested in the OSU/Michigan game on TV.
..... Wondering if I should be wearing a watch to see if the dryer times are what I'm actually paying for, they seem somewhat off!
..... Kids think the empty laundry baskets turned upside down make great drums!
(my kind of kids, wondering if they are connecting their heartbeat to that of the Mother Earth when they drum........)
..... "MOMMA?" "WHERE ARE YOU?" (I pray she didn't leave!!!)
..... It's somewhat embarrassing to fold your unmentionables in front of strangers.
..... Rule #1, Don't drop clean clothes on the laundromat floor.
..... Rule #2, don't bring your leftover turkey sandwich with you to eat for lunch. Those of us who are hungry might just throw you in a large dryer and consume your lunch for you!
..... Leaving the laundromat is the best thing in the world! Ten days of laundry done in 1 1/2 hours!!!!