If you’re a loyal reader or are new to my blog, you’ll find that I talk a lot about my parents, their shortcomings, their divorce, their impact on my psychosis- you know the usual crap we’re all dealing with. You’ll also know that I know, even though they drove me and continue to drive me bat shit crazy, that they love me. Since I started a few months ago, I’ve had friends ask me on more than one occasion, “what do you think your kids will be blogging about you?” Yikes! I’m sure it will be filled with things like, “yeah, she sure yelled a lot” and “that woman could put away some vodka” and “all the cuss words I know I learned from dear old mom” or “she wasn’t real good at filing”. I can only hope they remember that despite the yelling, drinking, cussing and paper piling bullshit, they will also remember how much I love them.
The one image I hold in my mind of my mother is of her asleep on the couch. The woman was depressed, beyond depressed and downright tired ALL THE TIME. She was always “resting her eyes” on the couch. I am quite certain that when my children look back, their mental image of me will be of me standing in front of the dryer, folding clothes- because that seems like ALL I DO EVERY SECOND OF MY LIFE!!! Grant it…I have a full time job, I write this amazing blog, I am an actor, a runner, a Girl Scout Leader, a mom, a wife, Bigfoot Hunter, tv addict, ghost whore, Alien chaser and all around busy gal. But, that damn laundry basket is NEVER empty. I mean come on people- if you’ve had something on for less than an hour, fold it up and put it back in the goddamn drawer, for Christ’s sake!
And don’t even get me started on clothes that are inside out. Why do you have to turn a shirt or socks or underwear or fucking anything all the way inside out to take it off? I don’t do that- but for some reason everyone in my family seems to think that turning it inside out is the only way to remove clothing from their bodies. So then I’ve got to not only, wash and dry the flipping clothes, but spend extra time turning them right side out so I can fold them and distribute them to their rightful owners.
Now, I know, I’m a complete idiot when it comes to this whole laundry thing. As soon as I was tall enough to see over the machine, my mother had me doing my own laundry, her laundry, my sister’s laundry- really anything that needed to be washed. And my oldest is plenty tall enough to take on this task herself. But, with all the yelling, drinking, cussing and paper piling I do- I feel like this is one of the few ways I can show my children I really love them. (I know, I just looked back and read that- and I’m a total lunatic- one day my kids are certain to say, “yeah, mom was a total bitch, but I know she loved me because she did the laundry”). Ahhh….my head is hurting from my eyes rolling so far back in my head.
And with all my talk about laundry, you’d think I’d have the whitest whites, all our sheets would be pressed and every drawer neatly organized. Boy, are you a dumb ass! I don’t treat stains unless it is on my own clothing. I figure if you’re not smart enough to either point it out to me as I’m putting it in the machine (not two days before when it happens) or better yet- DO IT YOURSELF, then I’m not treating it. You can live with that stain on your clothes for the rest of your life. A scarlet letter of what a sloppy eater you are for all the world to see.
Secondly, if you’re pressing your sheets, you are wasting your life. Please just fold that shit up and shove it in the linen closet like the rest of us lazy asses. You’re going to lay down on it to sleep, why the fuck do you need to iron it? I find once I stretch it out over the mattress, the wrinkles pretty much take care of themselves. Furthermore, you’re going to put a comforter or blanket or something over them- so even if someone does mosey through your room- they will not be aghast at your wrinkly bed sheets- because they won’t fucking see them, asshole.
And lastly, everyone in this family has way too many clothes. And despite all my good intentions of cleaning out the closets and drawers with each season to update our wardrobes for the appropriate weather (like Martha Stewart tells me to do)- let’s get real here- that’s never going to happen. So I basically just keep shoving shit in until either the drawer breaks- or I have a mental break down because I can’t close the fucking drawer anymore. Then I’ll start flinging shit out of the drawer, cussing with every shirt, sock, and worn out, pilly bra I come across until its complete- I’m organized for at least 2 days- or the next load of laundry gets done.
Ok- so this post started out as some kind of altruistic, introspection of who I am and how I want my children to remember me. And it turned it to a rant about laundry. My kids are so fucked.