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Monday’s Treasure Chest: The Laundry Doer

I really don’t like Mondays. I know, I know. Who does, right? In addition to not liking Mondays in general, I’m pretty sure someone declared this “let’s irritate Lee” day and didn’t tell me. Seriously, with all the craziness and irritability, I would have bet it was a full moon. Of course, maybe it was just me who was feeling a bit crazy and irritable, but dammit, I’m entitled every now and then. (Gil, do NOT comment on that statement!)

I’ve spent some time today thinking about ways I could make my Mondays better. After ruling out taking every Monday as a vacation day, I have decided to make Monday my Treasure Chest day. “What is that?” you ask. The idea came from a tweet I read earlier today from @dose_of_love.  I’m a sucker for affirmation tweets and it always make me smile when I see one pop up in my twitter feed that I’m pretty sure was written solely for me, as this affirmation today was. It said “Count your blessings and you will find, life is a treasure chest, look inside.” Those simple little words have inspired me to take my usually blue Mondays and spend the day looking for treasure. My goal is to share that treasure with you guys every Monday. Some Mondays I may only find one treasure and some days I may be bombarded by them. I suspect that when I start looking for the treasures in my life, they will become much for evident.

Today I’m opening up my chest and I’m sharing the treasure that is my husband and how he’s always looking out for me. I’m not talking about how he takes care of me in the ways a husband takes care of his wife and family by providing and protecting them. I’m talking about the every day, little, unnoticeable actions that he seems to do without even thinking about it. Today was a perfect example of one of those events.

Gil is the general laundry doer in our home (because he’s SOOOOO good at it), but I like to take care of my own work clothes so that I can hang them right from the dryer so as to prevent wrinkles and having to iron. As I was heading to bed last night, I mentioned to him that I had put my last load of dirty laundry in a basket on top of the dryer and that I would wash that today when I got home because I was just too tired to stay up waiting for the dryer to finish. In an attempt to convince me he was listening, he nodded, but he was totally and completely distracted by the basketball game he was watching.  We said goodnight and off to bed I went.

This evening I headed straight for the laundry room. No, I wasn’t that anxious to do laundry but I knew if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have clean clothes for work tomorrow, and bathrobes and sweatpants are really frowned upon in my workplace. Now, imagine my pleasant surprise when I noticed my basket of laundry was folded. Then imagine my horror when I realized my new, cold water, delicate cycle only shirt was in that load. I fumbled through the basket only to realize that only the top few items were actually folded. Whew, maybe it was ok. But wait, there are more folded clothes near the bottom of the basket. I started wondering what the heck he did.  He was on his way to Danny’s scout meeting so I called him.

“Hey baby, did you wash my clothes today?” I asked with a smile.

“No, I saw Dudley (the spoiled princess cat) was sleeping on them and they looked wrinkled so I ran them through the dryer to get the wrinkles out for you.”

“Oh?”

“Yeah, and then I folded them so they wouldn’t be wrinkled. I know how you hate for your clothes to be wrinkled.”

“Aww, thanks baby. So, you didn’t WASH them?”

“No, why?”

“Remember last night when I said I was putting my dirty laundry in a basket on top of the dryer?”

“Ummmm. Kinda. Maybe I remember you saying that. Yeah, I remember now. I wondered why they didn’t smell….clean.”

We both laughed a little and I said goodbye as I was putting my neatly folded dirty clothes into the washer. My first reaction was to grumble to myself that if he had paid attention to me instead of the basketball game, then he would have remembered our conversation and wouldn’t have wasted his time. But, really. Who could do that? He saw a situation (my clothes were wrinkled) and he took time out of his day to try and fix it for me, so that I wouldn’t have to iron later. He probably didn’t even think twice about what he was doing. He’s pretty good like that. Even though his actions were wasted, his thoughtful intentions once again melted my heart. For a moment today, I fell in love with my husband all over again. And that’s why he’s my treasure, my blessing, for today.

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19 thoughts on “Monday’s Treasure Chest: The Laundry Doer

  1. I diligently refer you to Section 3, Paragraph 6, Sub-Section 7 of the “Correct and Proper Methods for Dating Gil Gonzalez Manual”:

    The girlfriend shall make no attempts, neither subtle nor expressed, to communicate with Gil during his active observation of a sporting event. This includes, but is not limited to, live sporting events in person (i.e. at the stadium), live televised sporting events, and/or sporting events previously recorded. Furthermore, the advent of the digital video recorder does not, in any shape, way, form, or manner, provide the girlfriend with an excuse for interrupting the previously mentioned viewing of a sporting event. Furthermore, the stipulations below are the only acceptable scenarios in which the girlfriend may feel at liberty to interrupt any and all sports viewing in which Gil is active partaking:

    -The house is on fire
    -The girlfriend is informing Gil they’ve won the lottery*
    -The girlfriend is wearing only lacy boy-short panties and holding a can of whipped cream

    *Valid only on amounts of $10 million or more.

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  2. I can’t remember when I have laughed so heartily… not at you Lee but at Gil’s response. He’s such a GUY! 🙂 But he’s a guy with a heart and good intentions and there are way too few of those around.

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    1. Thanks so much, Darren. You hit it right on the head. Gratitude also begets gratitude (ergo, kindness begets kindness). There have been times when Lee and I have looked at each other following a discussion and said, “Last year this would have lead to a fight.” Daily gratitude carries a ton of momentum in a relationship.

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  3. So lovely. And once again proving it is not the grand gestures that make a marriage, but rather the little ones.

    (And I think Gil ought to create an entire “Boyfriend Manual” to publish by the looks of the sneak peek above- he’d make a killing! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Regina. The idea DID cross my mind, but writing in made up legalese is exhausting. Also, anything I would come up with has probably already been written by Dave Barry and a million times better than anything I could produce.

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  4. I keep telling Deb: This is why I need to stay out of the laundry room… soft cycle, warm rinse, cold wash, hand wash, dry clean only… tall order for some of us guys.

    I keep diligently refering Deb to Section 5, Paragraph 2, Sub-Section 3d of the “Correct and Proper Methods for Dating John Leonard Manual”… but she has been slow to catch on…

    If and when JL does laundry, he is not responsible for clothing that bleeds, shrinks, or otherwise changes as a result of normal washing.

    He is not responsible for lost articles (especially socks) unless proven that he was in some way responsible for the loss.

    He is not responsible for garments labeled “hand wash only” or “dry clean only” nor is he responsible for checking for these labels in said garments.

    He is not responsible for loss of or damage to any personal or non-cleanable items left in the clothing such as money, jewelry, lipstick, or anything else.

    And he does not guarantee removal of all stains.

    JL will be happy to negotiate any of the terms and conditions of this section as long as it’s not during his active observation or participation of any sporting event. If such an occassion arises – please refer to Section 3, Paragraph 6, Sub-Section 7 borrowed from the “Correct and Proper Methods for Dating Gil Gonzalez Manual”

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    1. ps: Section 3, Paragraph 6, Sub-Section 7 borrowed from the “Correct and Proper Methods for Dating Gil Gonzalez Manual” is now proudly displayed n the kitchen fridge… just in time for game 7 – Bruins – Montreal #gobruins

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