Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dam those New Year's Eve superstitions!


Many years ago in Abu Dhabi my friend Alexa told me about a Greek New Year's Eve superstition. There should be no washing or ironing left to be done in your house by New Year. If there was even a dirty knickers lying around then a whole year of doom, gloom and bad luck would follow.
If that's the case, then the whole of Ireland must have neglected their laundry last December. What else could possibly explain the year we've just had!
I can easily walk under ladders, spill salt and can never remember whether a black cat crossing my path is meant to bring good or bad luck. But for some inexplicable reason this superstition struck a nerve. Every New Year's Day saw my wardrobes fully loaded, my laundry bin empty....and my bedroom floor clear for once!
Then came the Big Freeze of 2010! This resulted in a frozen washing machine, lack of water and mounds of clothes forming on the floor.
Whites pile, lights pile, brights pile, dark pile.....and undies pile!
Life as we know it has only returned to normal in the past few days. Panic has set it.
I have to get all washing and ironing done!
Today I had to admit that I couldn't fully look after my offspring and reluctantly I fostered some of my little bundles of joy out to my mother's and my sister-in-law's washing machines, as I knew I was fighting a losing battle against the New Year's Eve deadline. So now my kitchen looks like a Chinese laundry with mounds of ironing waiting to be done.
The ironic thing is that come the 2nd, 3rd, 4th........Jan I don't give a fiddlers @*!? about how overflowing the laundry basket is. But just for tomorrow night it will be barren!
I figure we need all the help we can get in the "Good Luck" department for 2011!

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