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Doing Laundry The Old Way

Doing Laundry The Old Way

The chime of the washer finds me filling my grandmother’s wicker laundry basket with a load of clothes ready to be dried outside on the clothesline. This is where technology meets old fashioned ways; where chores are deep with memories and the day unfolds as it will.

The sun and wind are ready to work their magic on the clothes as I clip them with a mix of wooden and brightly colored clothespins to the cords hanging between the uprights. The sheets become windsocks in the breeze allowing the air to wick the water out of them until they are flowing and soft. The pillowcases look like pantaloons as they fill with air and shake off their water.  Each becoming softer in the sun and wind. 

Towels In The Wind Are Like People Too Stubborn To Change

And then there’s the towels…. taking in the same sun and breeze, and yet they are belligerent in their shape! Instead of allowing the air to soften them, they become bristly and rough… they will require a trip through the dryer to loosen up.
Interesting how under the same conditions some become hardened and bracing while others become resilient as they warm and soften to the elements.

People Who Can’t Change Shape

Some are reasonable. They are fearful and resistant to any possibility of change. Digging in their heels, they close themselves off to the flow of life and become stagnant.                                  

Others are reasonable. They can let go, and in doing so they are open to receive all that life has to offer.  Try it on…. Elizabeth back from vacation and doing the laundry

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

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Elizabeth is a certified Educational Specialist and Success Coach. She has a BA, MS in biology with a concentration in ethology (animal behavior), is an EAGALA Equine Specialist in equine assisted learning and personal development, and has extensive personal leadership skills. She spent much of her career in education at the high school, college and correctional facility levels teaching biology & chemistry and acting in the capacity of a success coach. Elizabeth presents workshops and seminars which address communication issues as they manifest in personal relationships. She uses writing as both a creative and cathartic outlet, especially after losing both of her parents to cancer in 2015. She lives in upstate NY, on a farm that bears the name of her motto: Be Unreasonable! She’s invested in empowering others in moving their pieces forward in the world.

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