So it’s the last day of the DDL Flats & Handwashing Challenge and I never did get my act together. I let my makeshift flat diapers pile up for a few days, and then I decided to let them soak for an inappropriately long period of time. On Friday, my washing machine began whispering sweet nothings to me, telling me how easy my life would be if I’d just let it do all the diaper laundry work. And I gave in!
Although I really didn’t do what I was supposed to do for this week-long challenge, I don’t consider it a total failure because I did learn a valuable lesson.
We have it so good these days!
Earlier last week I was pulling into my driveway after an errand, and when I hit the garage door opener button, nothing happened. I got a little irritated because I had to sit in the driveway for an extra ten seconds while I pushed the button again and waited for the door to lift. And then as quickly as I had allowed myself to feel annoyed, I sheepishly realized what a stupid first world problem that was.
I’m surrounded by appliances, gadgets, and devices that do my bidding at the click of a button. Among many other modern conveniences, I have a garage door opener, a dishwasher, an iPhone, a robotic vacuum, a washing machine, and a dryer. Seriously, what do I have to complain about it?
It reminded me of Louis C K’s awesome bit “Everything Is Amazing and Nobody Is Happy.”
Just a couple of generations ago, washing cloth diapers by hand was simply what moms did because there wasn’t any other choice. I couldn’t even manage to make myself do it for one week! The next time someone acts like I’m some sort of supermom when they find out that I use cloth diapers on my son, I’m going to gently remind them that my washing machine is the real hero.