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About a year ago our washing machine flooded the laundry room. I was rushing out the door to get our kids to swimming lessons and walked into a flood of soap and water. I then found myself vacuuming up water and trying to keep it out of the kitchen. Needless to say, we made it to swim class on time and I arrived presoaked.

We were left without a washing machine for nearly a month – the same month my husband and two kids caught a bad case of pinkeye. So you can imagine how hard it was to be constantly washing clothes, sheets, and towels without a washer. I was about six months pregnant at the time and trying to avoid pink eye like it was the plague.

Later I talked to my Grandma, who lives three hours away in a small mountain town, about what happened. She told me all about having to wash diapers in the creek near their modest home. Our conversation, and the month at the laundromat, made me realize how fortunate I was to have a washing machine.

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Fast forward to last weekend when my husband and I sat in Grandma’s living room, in that modest house in the same small town. My Grandpa had passed away a week before and we were visiting with Grandma after his celebration of life. The room was dark, and despite her being strong throughout my Grandpa’s long illness and passing, I could see it all catching up with her.

They had married when she was 16 and were happily married for 64 years. Theirs is a love story we don’t get to see much anymore. One where a higher power is first, marriage is forever, and true love is the key. As we sat with her, she told us that earlier she had done a load of laundry and washed three pairs of my Grandpa’s underwear. That was all he had in that load and it was the last of his clothing she would ever wash. 64 years of doing his laundry was over. She would never wash any clothing of his again.



Like you, I am always behind on laundry. We have three kids between nine months and five years old. There is always a load that needs to be washed or folded. Or one just sitting in the dryer on the fluff cycle. It can be overwhelming. It can be exhausting. It can drive me crazy. Underwear, socks, dinosaur sheets, swim suits, coats, superhero capes, princess dresses, baby onesies, plus my husband’s workout clothes and socks, and work clothes. Not to mention the sink full of sippy cups, the kids who need help buckling into their car seats, the pile of tennis shoes, and the vacuuming.

But there will come a time when I won’t ever wash another pair of princess panties. There will come a time when I have washed the last set of dinosaur sheets. There will come a time when I don’t have baby onesies to wash. There will come a time when I have washed my husband’s last workout shirt or collared work shirt.

And in the moments of being overwhelmed with laundry and dishes and cleaning and everything else that goes into this season of life, I will remember the realization my Grandma had when she washed the love of her life’s last three pairs of underwear. I will be thankful I have a washing machine and don’t have to wash cloth diapers in the creek. I will be thankful for the unending dresses, socks, dress pants, capes, onesies, panties, and sheets. I will be thankful for the people who make the dirty clothes for me to wash. Time with our loved ones is fleeting and I will be thankful for it every day.

Parent Co. partnered with Kickee Pants because we know the loads of laundry are as bottomless as the love.


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