Thursday, July 30, 2009

Amazed in the Laundry Aisle

In the laundry detergent aisle yesterday, I decided to get Lizzy a small thing of detergent and dryer sheets to take to school. I found the most amazing thing - they are Purex complete 3-in-1 Laundry sheets. Each sheet has detergent, softener, and anti-static in it. You just put it in the washer and then leave it with the clothes when they go into the dryer! How easy will that be - not to mention not having to carry around the bottle of detergent.
I showed them to another lady shopping in the aisle near me. I told the cashier about them and pointed them out to the lady bagging groceries. When Mike came home, I had them waiting right on the table so he could look at them. He studied them for a moment and then said, "But wonder how . . . nevermind. I guess someone smart figured it all out."
My dad's dad was a blacksmith in South Carolina. He died in 1942 when Daddy was seven. Grandma moved with their seven kids out of town and became share croppers. Daddy was in his teens before he lived in a house with a floor. Grandma taught in a one room school house, all twelve grades, when she wasn't out in the tobacco fields with the kids.
Daddy says he used to go way out of his way to stand outside the first house that had a TV antenna - just staring at the antenna - amazed.
I must not forget to be amazed at the laptop beneath my fingers, facebooking with a friend in Afghanistan, carrying a phone in my pocket - or finding 3-in-1 wash/dry sheets. To live amazed is a good way to live.
I love this quote from Emily Dickinson: "To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else."
So come on world - Amaze me again!


Tracy Ruckman said...

I, too, was amazed at these 3-in-1 sheets, but didn't have the gumption to try them!

God amazes me in some way, almost every single day. Through his unique creation - lots of fun critters - or the daily working in the tiniest details of our lives - I stand in awe of Him.

Great post, Kay!!

Jodie said...

How true, Kay! Love the reminder... thank you.