This vignette in Fairhope, Alabama, made me smile. While the words on the artwork may seem naive or optimistic in our fractured times, I read this as a reminder to find pleasure in life if we can.
I used to work with a lady I admired called Jackie who claimed ironing made her happy. Being young at the time, I found this hard to fathom.
Now, I see we are sufficiently different that happiness comes in all guises, depending on what’s going on in our lives. It may have been the time spent thinking that Jackie enjoyed, or confidence in her skill, or being able to turn a crumpled laundry basket into neat order.
In contrast, clothes that will dry straight have always been more my thing (straightish will do at a pinch).
I saw a flicker of that unconvinced expression I’m afraid I used to give Jackie when I told my sweetheart a new washing line would make me happy. Simple luxuries generally do.
Perhaps Jackie and I are not as different as I might once have thought.
I hope you’ll have chance to do something that makes you happy this weekend, whether it’s a little treat, or doing one of those long-avoided chores that will make the next few weeks happier.