Labour of Love
A pulling sensation. Then. Whoosh.
Brrr…. that water sure is cold. Mmm…I love that scent. Lavender-eucalyptus, I think I heard her say. Ooo — fabric softener. When did she discover liquid fabric softener? Oh look at the lovely colours. Yellow stripes. Teal Stripes. Hawaiian prints of all hues.
My lips close.
Swirling colours. Round, round, round and round. Looks like Junior has grown this year. And Little Love too. And the baby. Oh, the baby is such a big boy now. Round, round, round and round.
I love this time of the year. The Missus comes to visit every day. With the same inventory. Three towels. Three bathing suits. Shorts. Shirts. Cover-ups. Round, round, round and round. Except for swimming lesson days. Additional items on certain days give away the schedule. Junior and Little Love take lessons on Sundays and Tuesdays. The baby takes his on Tuesday and Thursday. Needless to say, I spend a lot of time with The Missus on Tuesdays.
Drenched with the irresistible scent of sunscreen, salt, and chlorine. Round, round, round and round. The colours swirl and twirl in my belly. The excitement of the day, tears shed over imagined slights, sweat, dirt, glitter. All washed away. Round, round, round and round.
I know all of their secrets. Who has grown. What new treasures they have squirreled away in pockets deep. Legos. Candy wrappers. Love notes. Rocks. Round, round, round and round. Noisy, thumping rocks. Thump. Thump. Thump.
Thirty minutes. Thirty minutes is the amount of time I have to prepare my family for another summer day. Round, round, round and round.
And round and round.
Red Writing Hood is a writing meme. The most frequent advice given to amateur writers is, “Write what you know.” This week’s prompt asked us to take what we know out of our comfort zones. Try a new genre, a new time period, a geography you’ve only dreamed of, fantasy or historical instead of contemporary fiction, try the male POV if you usually write women. Or vice versa. Or, in this case, from the perspective of my trusted, dependable washing machine. As always, constructive criticism is appreciated.