When I posted yesterday about the rock in my dryer, your comments made me laugh out loud. Let's see...Ellen reported finding chapstick and love letters, Susanne has found bugs, Heather has found red crayon, Michelle has found (shudder) an I-Pod and a digital camera, Teresa found Starburst, AggieJen found a camera memory stick that still worked (everybody find out what brand she has!), and Laurie (oh-my-word-for-the-love-of-all-that-is-good-and-holy) found a dead frog. Thankfully, it was in her washer. Let's not even imagine what it would've done in the dryer. Kim suggested I should get an endorsement from Maytag, and in the Blogging Stunt of the Year even wrote to Maytag with my blog URL suggesting they send me a new one. OhYesSheDid. Really, y'all crack me up.
Just in case you have any remaining impression that I might be a good housekeeper, let me tell you my laundry low point. I once found in my dryer...are you ready for this?...POOP. My then three-year-old son pooped in his Pull-Up one night. When he got up the next morning, he didn't want me to know, so he put the Pull-Up, poop and all, into the dirty clothes. And when I did laundry later that day, just dumped all the clothes in there together. AND when the washer load finished, I tossed it straight into the dryer.
Because I love you, my dear readers, I will spare you the details of what happens to poop when it goes through a VERY HOT dryer. Let's just say that my first clue something was amiss was the SMELL in my laundry room. *Sigh* Use your imagination.
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And by the way, speaking of the crazy things children do to us and our appliances, I wholeheartedly recommend the book Thundering Sneakers by Prudence Mackintosh. My aunt gave it to me years ago, when I was the mother of three boys (like the author), and I re-read it about once a year. The title comes from the thump, thump, thump sound made by little boys' sneakers in the dryer! Her writing and sense of humor have influenced my own writing more than just about anyone else I've ever read.
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If you have any laundry horror stories to share, leave them in my comments below, or let us all know if you write about it on your blog.