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I sit here wondering how strange it is to be doing things these past few days that I have not done in in years. I used to always iron or press my cotton shorts, blouses, dresses, skirts and jeans during my younger days because they just looked so much nicer and fresher. I found myself doing that the other day as I took clothes out of the dryer. Instead of doing my normal thing of just folding them up and putting them away with wrinkles and all. I know that when I get ready to wear them they will be nice and neat. They will have a fresh crispness appearance that maybe just says "I care" not just about how I look but also about how I feel about who I am as a person.
I remeber as a child growing up that my Great Grandmother insisted on having the sheets and pillow cases always ironed once they came off the clothes line. They could not be folded up and just put away. I don't know if my aunt & uncles that she lived with before coming to live with my grandmother did that are not. Grandmother always said it never hurt to make them look nice. I often wondered why she wanted them ironed. So after washing my white sheets and pillow cases the other day, I set up the ironing board and got the iron out and ironed the top sheet and pillow cases. I now understand why my great grandmother liked to have them ironed. They look so much nicer and crisper than just folding them up and putting them away. I look over at my bed with the white divet comforter,pillows with the white pillow cases on them I can see that they do look much better pressed. A habit that will now continue some 40 to 30 years later that I no longer used to do. It is a good feeling for me and one I am glad that I have started doing again.
I wonder what other things or habits I will start doing as I move forward in this new normal that I left behind years ago as a child or young adult because I thought I was either too busy or did not want to be bothered with doing them. It shall be interesting to see as each new day unfolds as I move forward in this new life. Maybe it's the values that were taught to me by my grandmother as a child growing up back in the 50's & 60's.
Janet, thanks for posting your ponderings...I have to admit ironing has always been waaayy down the list of things to do for me lol.
I find myself lying in bed at night unable to sleep because I've thought of something that really needs a good clean. For the time being I'm resisting the urge to get out of bed and clean it on the spot as I still have others living in the house and don't wish to disturb them at night...but this is something I did before I had children...my first husband used to laugh at finding me up a ladder at 3am in the morning cleaning the kitchen ceiling...and yes...very pregnant at the time! I had to...it was bugging me!