Saturday, May 10, 2008

Breaking Your Own Rules

Several months ago, Jake left a pen in the pocket of one of his jeans which I didn't discover until I opened my dryer and found the inside walls stained with ink. Arghhh! That was fun to try and clean up. In our house, I am the primary "laundry doer" and my rule is: If it's in the dirty clothes hamper, that means it's ready for wash. I don't check pockets nor do I turn clothes right side out (not even when I fold them). I simply sort and launder. Thankfully I also wash our clothing separate otherwise my clothes would have had ink all over them too!

Tonight while watching the movie Cast Away (and crying) I was working on Jamie's laundry. To my dismay, when I opened the washer to swap loads during a commercial break, I noticed many of Jamie's clothes had bits of white tissue on them. Grrr! Anytime that James sees someone use a tissue, he also has to have one or two or three. For awhile, we even had to keep tissue boxes out of reach as he'd just help himself, pretending to blow and barely wiping his nose. The other day as James and Jake were coming out of the bathroom, I saw James stuffing a tissue in his pocket. I made a mental note to make sure I got that tissue out as it would make a mess in the wash. Guess who never checked Jamie's pockets? Why would you ever check a toddler's pockets? Half the time he doesn't even realize they are there and when he does discover them, they're the coolest things ever. Look mama-my hands are jammed in my pockets!

So I had no one to blame but myself as I picked tissue off of all his clothes before tossing them into the dryer. I hate when that happens! Thank goodness for long commercials as I was still able to catch the end of the movie (even though I've already seen it).


Jessica said...

I would've totally let the lint trap catch it. :)

Joanne said...

If I would have know that's what would happen, I would have let it go. I was worried the clothes would come out of the dryer with dried tissue stuck to them all. lol As it was when I emptied the lint trap, it was jammed with bits of dried tissue.

Heidi said...

I am so with you on not checking pockets. I figure a grown man can do his own laundry but the 2 times he got with in 20 feet of the washer 1. He sorted the laundry by pants, shirts, socks.. not colors. 2. When I tried showing something to him on the washer he ran away covering his ears saying,"Don't tell me, I don't want to know how that thing works."