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Have a glorious reunion! I hope the weather cooperates and cools down some for the event.

By Blogger Carolyn, at 8:28 AM  

Have a great weekend with all you company!

By Blogger jane, at 2:58 PM  

Looking forward to hearing all about the reunion! I don't mind a laundromat if the weather isn't too hot out. But you're right - it is somewhat of the great divide.

By Blogger Mary, at 11:06 PM  

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Friday, August 11, 2006  

It’s a race down to the finish line today. Each year, on the Friday before TheFamilyReunion, BH and I have a manicure and pedicure. That’s a frivolity that somehow both strengthens us and releases us and we are neither of us willing to forgo that. Afterwards, we go to Walmart and buy paper plates and forks and cups and ice-tea and lemonade mixes. For smaller parties I’m willing to make real - but for 100+ I use powdered. Then I usually have to fly home to scrub the house in preparation for overnight guests. I’ll have to do that today too, but first I’m going to have to go by the laundromat and wash sheets. Sheets and sheets and sheets. We had glorious rejuvenating rain yesterday and we have thick clouds today. I need 5 beds worth of sheets, clean and fresh and, in August, in Virginia, that means just washed.

So between the morning luxury and the evening’s drudgery I will enjoy the modern version of down by the river. The large commercial laundromat in town is a watering hole for a vast portion of the county I never see. These are the unlettered, the non-reading, the single-parent-always-a-mom families. Who would have thought that one of the great divides in society was owning a washing machine?

I have always loved going to the laundromat and if I had one more free day in my week, I might still do so. As it is, it’s something I do when I need to wash - and dry - lots, or when there is nothing but rain in the forecast. I could wax on and on about what a wonderful social activity laundry can be, but I see I have 10 minutes left before I have to gather up my own pile of sheets and load up the car. Suffice it to say that I do not resent this task at all, even if it is going to tie up a huge chunk of a day when there are already a dozen other chores.

With company coming, and staying, I don’t expect to be back on-line till Monday. Even then, I will be happily driving to Richmond to pick up L, my hypnotist friend. She’s the dear heart who introduced me to the book I’ve been using these past weeks as I tinker with inner workings: Lynn Grabhorn’s "Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting". (Didn’t mean to be all suspenseful about that.) Perhaps I will be more chatty next week. Or more knitterly! Either way, know that my heart is out there with all of you. Don’t be afraid during unsettled times. There really is enough love to go around.

posted by Bess | 7:34 AM