Dirty laundry - Catholic Courier

Dirty laundry

In our family, the laundry is my responsibility. It was my chore in my family growing up, and it remains my chore today. Sometimes, I have felt discouraged by the endless routine of laundry. As I see the same exact clothes in the laundry week after week, there have been times when I have felt annoyed. The cycle seems infinite as I put yet another load of dirty clothes into the washer or transfer them to the dryer or take them out of the dryer and fold them once again. There have been times when the hampers constantly overflowed and it seemed like there was never going to be an end to the dirty clothes.

As the years have flown by and the clothes have grown from infant to toddler to school-age to teen to adult, I have come to see doing the laundry as a form of prayer for my husband and children. As I am throwing that favorite T-shirt into the washer once again, I take a minute to feel joyful that my son loves his school and feels proud to be part of something bigger than himself. I see my daughter’s personality reflected in her outfits and I thank God for giving her a spark that sets her apart from others. I hang up my husband’s shirts and my work clothes and feel grateful that we have jobs that provide food and shelter and clothing in this uncertain economy.

Now, when my children return home during a break from college, doing their laundry seems like such a small gift to give them. I want to shelter them from all the dangers and worries in the adult world, but I can’t. I have to let them find their own way and follow their own hearts. Giving them clean clothes to take back to college seems like the least I can do.

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