I’ll confess to being ever so slightly OCD about certain things. One of these is the washing – or laundry, if you prefer.
When hanging up wet clothes to dry, whether outdoors on the clothes line or indoors on the clothes drier, radiator or pulley, there is one absolute must. The be all and end off of “washing etiquette”. Socks MUST be hung in pairs.
On the rare occasion that a member of the household assists by hanging up the washing and doesn’t hang the socks in pairs, I can feel myself twitching to fix them. In fact, I have actually been known to re-hang whole loads of washing if they haven’t been hung up to my standards. Crazy, I know.
Girl Child seems to be on a lifelong mission to tip me over the edge when it comes to many things – particularly socks.
For as long as I can remember, she has been a total nightmare with socks. As a baby/toddler, she would haul them off at the first opportunity and hurl them from the pram. Once she got a bit older, she would pull them off and run barefoot until I caught up with her. As she grew older, she developed a new bad habit- one that is still continuing.
She will go to bed wearing her socks (sometimes multiple pairs) then kick them off in her sleep as she becomes too hot. The result here is, of course, a sock graveyard at the foot of the bed.
This is almost bearable as long as the pairs find their way in to the laundry basket.
The occasional odd sock I can deal with- as long as I take slow deep breaths and its mate turns up in the next load of washing.
Last week Girl Child went one step too far. As I hung up the socks, I had not one or two odd socks– not even three. Six!
Six odd socks had come out of one load of washing and were all hers!
An immediate sock hunt ensued in her “bat cave”. More socks were located, lurking under the duvet and cowering on the floor at the foot of the bed.
The next load of laundry resulted in three sock reunions (I love a happy ending).I was almost breathing easily again.
Now, however, several loads later, I still have three sock “orphans”.
Does anyone want to adopt?