They often say, "you don't appreciate a good thing until it's gone". These words are now playing Merry-Go-Round in my mind. I'm about to lose a dear friend, whom has taken over a decade for me to realize how truly special she actually is. I have cursed her, wished her dead, gossiped about her behind her back, and told her several times I wish to never see her again!
My dear friend never gave me any trouble, just her mere existence irritated me! Every time I saw her I cringed! As much as I despised her, She was the only one who has been there through the early stages of my husband's and my relationship. She was there when each one of my babies were born. She always awaited and greeted me cheerfully as I returned home from many camping trips, vacations, hospital stays and I was always the least excited to see her back! I have always took advantage of this dear friend by overloading her with all my dirty laundry and she never expected anything in return. She often cries from being imbalanced and stomps around and around and I just get annoyed! "It's making that noise again!" I say. She has cleaned up my families messes over and over again with no thank you. She saw every one of my children's outfits from birth to their teenage years. She has always been gentle yet tough when I needed her. She has never truly let me down...until now! This friend I speak of is my washing machine!
My husband and I purchased our top loader Frigidaire washing machine over sixteen years ago! It has gone through many moves and many memories right along with us! It is the only washer we have ever purchased or owned. The whole top of the washer is rusted and the door is barely hanging on, but she still works! Today as I cursed about all the laundry I had to catch up on, I loaded her up as usual and she began making a crying noise. I do believe she is about to retire. As I remembered how long we had owned this particular washer I became a little sad, that I may need to replace her soon. She has washed all of our clothes for over sixteen years! She has washed my clothes since it was just my husband and I. She has washed each one of my children's itty bitty baby outfits and I'm sure ate several of their itty bitty baby socks. My children as toddlers played with paper magnet dolls on the front of her as well as leapfrog build a word whammer!
Thank you my dear old friend for putting up with all of my families dirt! You have been a great part of the family and I will be sad to see you go! I am sorry for mistreating you. May you soon R.I.P!
Thank you, Frigidaire for constructing such a great product that has lasted for many many years! Definitely an impressive piece of machinery!