Every evening I set the dishwasher running and fill the washing machine up and put it on a timer. In the morning I wake up to clean plates and dishes and clean clothes ready to be tumble dried. I set the tumble dryer and if I take the clothes out promptly and smooth them well most of them don’t need ironing.
I do not take this for granted.
My mother in law reminds me often that she had to get up early, wash the clothes in a tin bath in the garden and hang them to dry if the weather was fine. Then she would pop off to work, come home and start on the dinner, peeling spuds and washing up herself afterwards. Then she would iron all the clothes before bed. With four children she must have quite literally have been going non-stop. Who knows what it was like when the weather was bad.
Like me, you probably push a button on appliance and think nothing more of it. But we are incredibly lucky that it is easy to boil a kettle, and we don’t need dangerous pans of boiling water now to make a cup of tea. We are lucky that we have dishwashers and washing machines and tumble driers. In my mind these appliances are essential items, but really they are luxuries, and the mothers before our time would have been so grateful to have them. Which is why I am grateful every day for the little luxuries like modern appliances which make our day so much easier.
This blog post is my entry into the Tots100/Part Select ’Love Your Appliance’ competition.