My friend Kathy Gibbons, who I used to write features for when she was on staff with the Traverse City Record-Eagle, wrote a great column years ago about a green shirt. That poor shirt just never seemed to find its way into the washing machine and through the laundry system.
Load after load of laundry, and the green shirt was left out of the reindeer games. Maybe a load of towels came first. Or maybe a load of really grimy stuff had to get washed. So the green shirt sat there day after day, waiting for its moment of glory. I’m not sure how the story of the green shirt ended. Maybe Kathy can weigh in on whether it finally found its way into that coveted washer.
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I’m in charge of the laundry around here, and I can sympathize with the green shirt. With four people in the house, a lot of laundry gets shuffled through the washer and dryer. There are points where getting caught up is just a pipe dream. And yet, I persevere.
If you find yourself in this situation, I’m here to offer support and encouragement. Keep up the good fight, and one day, you too will experience that brief shining moment like I just had. A bare laundry room floor. Yes, all the laundry is done. It might not last long, but it can happen, and oh, the stories you’ll tell your grandchildren about it.
And remember when I posted that photo of my messy laundry room shelves? I want you to know that sometimes things do get tidy around here. Here’s the proof.
A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers like the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and magazines like Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So of course, I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the Old Mission Peninsula. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb