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Annual Ironing Day

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Do you remember the story about the little kid who ate dinner at his friend's house?
He reported, "Guess what, Mom? Instead of napkins, they use little pieces of cloth!"

That must have been my house.

I'm not a person who regularly irons. I learned to do it at my Mother's side when I was a child. She would spend most of Tuesday seated at her ironing board, turning out crisp shirts and dresses and linens. "Slave labor!" I thought. I determined to never iron again.

I bless the person who invented permanent press sheets. I never ironed childrens' clothes. It has been at least 30 years since I owned a garment that required ironing. When my husband needed a dress shirt ironed, he did it himself.

But I like to use cloth napkins when I have a dinner party. I cook a special meal, polish my silverplate serving pieces, set the table with cloth napkins and pretty dishes and put on a dress...Special Occasion!

I have dozens of big white napkins. They are all cotton damask, with pretty woven-in designs. Mostly they don't match. I bought them a few at a time at estate sales and antique shops. Some came with permanent stains or little tears.

Once a year, on a gloomy rainy day, I iron them all, damp from the washer. It is rather a satisfying chore...creating beauty from chaos!
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  • KAREN608
    My iron makes a very handy doorstop... and if someone would break in,
    I could flatten them!
    1624 days ago
    Awesome!!! I like that they don't match...that gives conversation and beauty to the table. For the stains, try Woolite Oxy Deep Clean Laundry Stain remover. I have found it to work wonders on stains. The one for pets stains/carpet works great as well.

    1718 days ago
    completely identify with loving the rituals of meals with ironed damask napkins... I also have a beautiful white table cloth from my mother from her mother etc.... And that too gets ironed. I never iron anything else (expert at choosing clothes that don't need ironing), but the ritual of dinners for friends is somehow different - every little thing do (flowers on the table etc) seems like a careful touch of love for those coming...
    1764 days ago
    Wow - except for the napkins,you could have been describing me!
    1764 days ago
  • VICKI-B-
    How well I remember spending a Saturday afternoon ironing when I was younger. emoticon
    1764 days ago
    That's a positive spin. Good for you!
    1764 days ago
    have a wonderful day!
    1764 days ago
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