So, the other day I washed and dried my garage door opener.
I threw in a load of laundry before work and rushed out the door.
After work, I came home and threw the laundry in the dryer.
While I was making a cheese sandwich, I said to my husband, “Do you hear the garage door going up and down?”
So, on to eat my sandwich.
You see, the day before I had this conversation with my hubby. We were on the way to a meeting, and I remembered I had left the garage door opener in my sweatshirt. So I said, “Remind me when we get home to take the garage door opener out of my sweatshirt. I don’t want to wash it.”
Three hours later, we had totally forgotten about that poor garage door opener.
While eating my sandwich, I heard the dryer thumping. I went in the laundry room and opened the dryer. Couldn’t see anything. And, who wants to take out a huge load of laundry to find that silly quarter? So, turned it back on.
Still kept hearing that mysterious “garage door opening sound”.
Two checks later…
I found it. There it was at the bottom of the laundry pile. The garage door opener.
It still works.
And, I can’t tell you how many times our garage door opener had been up and down in those 20 minutes. It was like a huge game of Hungry Hippos in there.
So, I learned a few things:
1. A garage door opener is much more sturdy that a cell phone, a tube of chapstick, a bottle of peaches, a ball point pen, and a baby monitor. All of those will totally ruin a load of laundry.
2. Batteries can explode. My husband sweetly informed me that we were lucky the batteries didn’t blow up. Well, then…maybe he should have remembered to remind me that the garage door opener was in my pocket! Luckily, I have never experienced exploding batteries.
3. To the sweet lady at Walmart who thinks I have it all together: I don’t. I have washed more unwashable items that I can recall. I get angry at my kids and hubby. I eat chocolate instead of dinner sometimes, and I haven’t painted my toenails in a long time…I mean a really long time. I make mistakes daily and try to do better a little at a time. Some days I do and some days I don’t.
4. Sometimes you just say a little prayer of gratitude that you made it through the day. Maybe you didn’t get the laundry done or the grocery shopping completed. Maybe you didn’t read to your kids or make a healthy dinner. But, you did it.
And, tomorrow is another day.
Maybe…just maybe, I will get that load of laundry folded…tomorrow.
What motherhood moments have you had? Share your memories below.