Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Only the dryer knows

Dryers are funny appliances and seem to have a life all their own. Socks go in and at least one never comes out. They refuse to give up the forgotten coin, hiding it among the tumbled clothes just to drive you crazy. And, despite hundreds of drying sessions of the same clothes, the lint trap is always full; so full that it's a wonder there are any intact threads left. But most interesting, did you know a dryer talks? I've always suspected it but as of late,  its messages have become loud and clear.

"What does it say?" you may ask. A lot!  It speaks the loudest, almost screaming, when I open the door and empty the contents onto the kitchen counter. As I begin to sort and fold the still warm clothes, I hear the statements of fact.

"You sure had a lot of stinking running clothes. Whew! You sweat so much! Gross. Look at all those grimy socks. And the running bras are getting a little worn, wouldn't you say? And hey, set my temp a little lower. You're sure to ruin all those stretchy running skirts if you put me on high. How many times do I have to remind you?  You a moron, or what?" I smile at his candor and promise to do better. Then, I carefully fill my drawers with the freshly laundered clothes, knowing that the process will be repeated very soon.

It didn't always talk to me like that. Last year, the dryer didn't get as much of a workout because, well, I didn't get much of a workout either. The dryer and his sister, Wishy-Washy, didn't have to see much action to keep up. They sat quietly, their silent scorn mocking me only once a week."Wimp," they whispered. "Couch potatoe. Slug," they quipped. "Nothing in here but undies and a couple of jeans." And he was right. What goes in comes out (mostly). It is a telling sign.

You can always count on your dryer to tell the truth. Have any interesting conversations lately?

5 comments:

Rick Gray said...

How on earth do you think of these things? I must be totally boring or what as I would never have thought you were going where you went. Tammy says that I am "Mr. Non-Observant". You just wait till I go home tonight and start listening to the dryer. I wonder what she will call me now???

Rebekah Trittipoe said...

Ah...yours is a "she"...or were you referring to Tammy? :)

Rick Gray said...

When I said "she", I was actually referring to Tammy. I don't really know if our dryer is a she or a he. Now you have given me something else to think about. I forgot to ask how the weekend went and if you completed your homework assignment by your Monday deadline.

Rebekah Trittipoe said...

Yes...I completed it at 10:59 pm Sunday night. I had to fly fro business Sunday and spent the whole day/night in my room reading. I'll have another round of proofing later this week, I think.

Rick Gray said...

Does not sound like the end of the week will be too much fun, but I can say that I appreciate your hard work. I am so looking forward to mid May.