First Load of Dryer Clothes
The rain has been INTENSE the past 2 weeks. For at least 95% of the past 2 weeks, we've had rain. Sometimes it has been just a drizzle…enough to keep everything damp. Other times it has been massive downpours that are so loud, we can barely hear each other speak. It's been something else.
One of the side effects of all this wet weather is that it has made it practically impossible for families without clothes dryers to have dry clothes. We have one in the home we're renting, so we didn't think much of it until some friends asked to use it after they'd exhausted all their clean dry clothes.
But this week, we spotted our Costa Rican neighbors from down the street and offered our dryer to them to use. Thursday, they finally decided to take us up on our offer. I think they were quite hesitant to do so. Costa Ricans, as a whole, tend to avoid situations where they feel they may inconvenience anyone. But after 11 days of not being able to line dry their clothes, they caved.
The husband was the one that ended up bringing the laundry with their daughter, Stefania. He had no clue how to operate this big machine. He told me his mom has owned one for 15 yrs, but never used it. He didn't know how long it would take to dry, so when I said they'd be done in about an hour, he was impressed.
But the real treasure came when the clothes were done. He had NEVER EVER had the experience of removing warm, soft, clean clothes from a dryer. He was hooked. He even called Stefania over so she could feel the warmth.
It was such a small thing, but SO neat to see someone experience something brand new. After that experience, he said he just might have to buy one, even if they only use it once of twice a year.
Can you imagine? It's amazing the things we take for granted being Americans…like the simple joys of a toasty load of laundry fresh from the dryer.