Mt. Laundry

By: Donna Graham

On top of Mt. Fold Me,

all covered with jeans,

I lost my poor dryer sheet,

in the warm Spring Fresh breeze…

Mt. Fold Me!  A dear friend of mine gave this name to her mountainous pile of clean laundry waiting to be folded, and I’ve adopted it myself!  Often when I see my own mound of clothes piled high on my couch I can’t help but smile at the thought of climbing Mt. Fold Me.  But it wasn’t always this way…

There was a time, early in my marriage, when whose turn it was to ‘do laundry’ became a bone of contention.  My husband and I resolved this issue by taking our weekly pile to the Laundromat each Saturday morning and getting it all done at once, together.

But that was when we both had full time jobs outside of the house.  I knew when I decided to be a stay-at-home-mom that taking care of the laundry would be part of my new job description. I was a little resentful.

My ugly thoughts were not always vocalized, but often they would show themselves

through the quality of my work.  Most weeks my husband would have to search the dryer for missing articles, socks would not be turned right side out before being folded…if they were folded at all, shirts were often thrown haphazardly on a hanger…

But it seems the Lord even cares about little things like our attitude when doing laundry. Isn’t it funny how He often chooses to soften our hearts?  When the Lord opened my eyes to my unloving ways, He encouraged me to show my husband and children love through my mundane household chores.  Laundry seemed like the best place to start.

Over the years the Lord has continued to encourage me to be a cheerful giver through such household chores, even when a musty pair of pajamas (found under a bed) shows up the moment I declare my mountain conquered!

2 Corinthians 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Wave to me from on top of your mountain, hum this little tune, and I bet a smile will find its way to your lips.

Donna is an Excellent Wife to Alan and homeschooling mom to two wonderful children.  Their family resides in California where they learn, play, and worship the Lord together.