Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ironing for 10

As a child, my Dad had to wear a shirt and tie each day to work.  I remember clearly the day my Mom taught me to iron his shirts.  I loved doing it.  Thinking of my father wearing it to work, smelling his left-over cologne as I ironed and hearing my Mom praise my hard work made it so enjoyable.  Little did I know way back then, that I'd get to iron 9 dress shirts, twice a week!!  I may have decided not to learn :)
This chore each week is the one I really struggle with enjoying!  I've tried everything to help it go by but I just don't enjoy this chore.  Suggestions have been made to get them out of the dryer real quick and hang them up to avoid ironing.  I tried that and didn't like that they looked like they just came out of the dryer.  Probably that goes back to my Mom's training,  stressing the NEED for a nice crease down each sleeve!  My Mom is a neat freak and that is probably the ONLY area she rubbed off on me :)   (She has confessed that is one of the reasons she only had 2 children--(well, later in life they had one more)).    The book I've shared lately about gratitude is helping me with this.  I'm trying to focus on the positive and not be negative.  Saturday nights is when I tend to "whine" the most about it.  I've usually done alot of work on Saturday, gotten Sunday's meal together, my Sunday School lessons prepared and put the younger ones in the tub.  Then I must start ironing and I just don't FEEL like it.  I need to conquer that feeling and change my attitude!  I'm thankful for the Lord's continuing work in my life to make me more like Him,,, I must get a grip on my whiny attitude about ironing!!!


  1. there's nothing wrong with boys learning to iron. later in life their wives will appreciate it

  2. Yes, the older ones do know how to iron, as does Mark but I'm just too fussy to let them wear them. They all do their own pants, so that helps. Hopefully their wives won't be so picky and let them iron for them :)