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If time travel was a thing.




I am watching this as I clean and thinking of my ancestors, especially the women who worked so much harder at domestic tasks than we ever will.

My distant grandmothers who did laundry by soaking, after hauling the water in buckets and collecting the wood for the fire, beating the linen with paddles - becoming human machine agitators.  Collecting urine and using it for soaking and stain removal....wringing heavy fabric...they were their own spin cycles.  Being at the mercy of the weather and even when that was on their side it was back breaking labor.

I would love a time machine to bring them with me as I pop down to the laundry room to toss in a load.  I think the automation and urine free detergent might be far more remarkable to them than the moon landing or YouTube.

I love historical documentaries that focus on domestic life...I find the day to day lives of normal people far more fascinating than the elite.  I enjoy thinking of these women who came before me, wondering what they would think of how we do things today.  

I think laundry and indoor plumbing (including toilet paper) might well be their favorite change.  The ease of hygiene for both our bodies and environments...I think that may well seem absolutely miraculous if they could pop over to my house in 2018.


But they need to call first - I do not appreciate drop in guests.

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