When I was a child sitting in front of the television doing NOTHING, my mother used to walk in and dump loads of laundry in front of me to fold. I remember this clearly as it happened quite frequently. Somehow, folding laundry while watching t.v. is still the best way for me to get that job done. It’s like having a window over your kitchen sink. When I was in college, I lived in on-campus apartments my jr. and sr. year. The little apartment was GREAT except for the horrific fact that the sink faced a wall. And not even a wall with a window IN it somewhere down the line. I don’t particularly like washing dishes, but one day I realized the absence of a window was one of the main reasons the dishes didn’t get done very often.
Anyway–the OTHER thing I have discovered is that it’s best to watch something you’ve already seen about a million times while folding clothes in front of the television. And THAT is why, after I did a metric TON of laundry this weekend (and I am NOT EVEN KIDDING), I decided to pull out one of my all-time favorite movies, “The Quiet Man.” It stars John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara and was perfect to watch while I folded–and I’m STILL folding, by the way–the clothes. Perfect, because I can watch the parts I like best, and just listen to the rest.
This is NOT the average John Wayne movie. This movie makes me want to dye my hair red then find some sheep to herd while barefoot so maybe John Wayne will fall in love with me (and I’m a Jimmy Stewart kind of gal at heart.) Except, of course, I’m already married. And John Wayne is dead. And I would look AWFUL as a redhead.
Maybe I can just get Tony to put on a white dress shirt, then take me outside in the rain to give me a big ‘ole kiss while my non-red hair whips around in wet tendrils.
Or maybe I just need to finish folding that laundry now.
Either way. If you find yourself with some time and you have a hankerin’ for an old-fashioned love story complete with colorful characters, snappy dialogue, and gorgeous Irish scenery, then watch “The Quiet Man.” It will do you good. “And noooooooooooo patty fingers, if ya please.”