As I Stand Here Ironing

I like to iron. Yeah, really–I do. I choose the most difficult piece from the ironing basket to tackle first: the Italian linen shirt, the 300-ct. thread pillowcases, the button-down shirt. To me, ironing is akin to mowing the lawn: one doesn’t think of anything else except the task at hand. It’s rewarding, seeing the results, taking a visibly wrinkled item and somehow making it look new, fresh. Amidst ironing,  my eyes may linger over the boats passing out in the bay until at last I am brought back to the rhythmic movement of the iron.  And as I stand here ironing, my mind is at rest.

© Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2011.

Quote of the Day for YOU:         Time granted does not necessarily coincide with time that can be most fully used.  ~Tillie Olsen

ps. Thank you, Ms. Olsen, for the title inspiration.


5 thoughts on “As I Stand Here Ironing

  1. I feel the same way about gardening. I call it ‘garden therapy’. Maybe what you’re describing is ‘ironing therapy’.

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