So I have a question for you, my friends:
When you buy a piece of new clothing, do you wash it once before you wear it? I am a definite washer before wearer because my mother always did that for us.
See, my mom was "green" way before it was on the national radar. She was always concerned about environmental toxins, and when she learned, many years ago, that formaldehyde was used to treat clothing at the factory to retain sharp creases through shipping, into the washer every new piece of clothing went. Before it touched our tender skin.
I don't know if formaldehyde is still used on clothing, but now it has become an involuntary action for me. I wash the clothes before the kids wear them.
It never occurred to me that other people didn't do this until I married Rob and saw him rip open a bag of underwear and put on a pair. Directly from the package, no washing, all that formaldehyde rubbing off on him. In his most vulnerable regions.
Is that why my kids are so weird sometimes? Huh.
Now, every time I wash a new piece of clothing, I wonder if other people do this or if I am just a little spastic. My money is on the latter.
In other unrelated news, I am knee deep in packing for our upcoming vacation to North Carolina. I am having a swell time trying to cram approximately three tons of crap into two suitcases. We don't have any spare room in the van, and as it stands now someone is getting strapped to the roof rack if they bring me one more thing and say, Do you think you can fit this in the suitcase? I don't care if it's a Q-tip, it's off to the roof rack.
And also? Bun and I are sick. It's just a cold, more annoying than anything else, but it is making both of us grumpy.
I think there must be some law of the universe that says someone always has to be sick on vacation because it happens to us every. single. time. We now build sick time into our plans.
On the bright side, though, I'm thinking that medicating myself and the baby will make the ride
much more quiet and enjoyable.
Especially if we put someone on the roof rack.
PS: And seriously, I want to know about the clothes. It won't stop me from all the washing, but it will satiate my curiosity. Thanky kindly.