Well, it worked faithfully for a few months, then we started having troubles.
It stopped sucking in the detergent.
It stopped wringing.
I noticed it causes tears in some of our clothes.
And the most fatal blow of all, it stopped letting the water in.
After some futile attempts to fix it, we bought a new washing machine, thinking it's a wise investment in the light of us expecting a baby in a couple of months. We patiently waited for it to be delivered a week... two weeks... three weeks... and still no washing machine in sight. We called, to find out whether there's some kind of misunderstanding.
Turns out, we were told apologetically, that the place where we live is too remote (imagine that, in a small country like Israel). Therefore, they are "waiting for a chance when one of their delivery men travels in our direction". Which might happen next week, or next month, or... next year? Well, I sure hope it doesn't come to that! Picking it up ourselves is out of the question, because a) it's too far, and b) it won't fit in our car.
Did we give our address when we made the purchase? Of course. Did we ask whether delivery would be a problem? Yes. Were we told there would be no problem at all? Yes, we were promised our washing machine will be here in two weeks.
Now we can rightfully fume as long as we want. We can even cancel the purchase. However, no one can promise us it won't happen again if we buy from someplace else.
Anyway, while my husband calls back and forth several times a day, laundry has become an unexpected challenge here. Basically, I have two options: gather all our dirty laundry and use Mom's washing machine; or do it by hand. So far it has been a combination of the two.
This makes me fully appreciate what a wonderfully convenient thing a washing machine is, and how unfairly we take it for granted these days. Just a couple of generations ago, everything was washed by hand, and it took a lot of work - especially in large families. Now, when we complain about "endless mountains of laundry", we forget to be thankful for the fact that practically all we need to do is sort our laundry by color and toss it into the washing machine! Sure, there's still drying, folding and ironing, and some heavy stains now and then that need to be pre-treated. Still, it's so much easier for us than for our grandmothers or great-grandmothers.
We can survive doing laundry by hand. However, I still hope we'll have a working washing machine here before the baby arrives.
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