It’s funny how attached to our appliances we become. When one of them breaks down and can’t be fixed it’s a traumatic experience.
When RoRo, RaRa and Eldest were were young I had the most amazing 10+ year old Hoover Eco washing machine. Yes, 10+ is correct!
Back then our good old white appliances were built to last. They were solid, reliable members of the family that stood the test of time. And time was long!
Familiarity meant you knew the little tweaks, thumbs and kicks required to get them back on track when they had a wobble. You could laugh at salesmen when they tried to get you to purchase that extended warranty. Oh those care free days …
Then one stress filled day my beloved washing machine died. The constant twenty four hour use had pushed it to the edge for it never to return. As the repair man walked away shaking his head I cried … real tears!
I didn’t want a new one. I wanted the comfort of that old familiar dial, the noise as it spun madly, wobbling on it’s dodgy legs. I could use my beloved old washing machine with my eyes shut (which was useful during those sleep deprived years). I didn’t want to learn how to use a new one. And the mountain of laundry was building before my eyes!
With a heavy heart I began the search.
Oh how easy it was. No trudging around shops like I’d had to many years before. I could search from the comfort of my living room. Times had changed … and so it seemed had washing machines.
They had pretty led displays, faster spin settings (and I mean super fast), massive drums (almost twice as big) and as I also found out, they are ‘oh so quiet’.
A couple of days later my new bigger, better, faster machine was delivered and my beloved old one taken away. I loaded up the new beast with clothes carving an enormous hole in the laundry mountain. That big drum was going to be a wonderful.
My old washing machine breaking had actually been a positive change for the family. All was good.
A few hours later I was in tears again as I realised that all the washing that was in my old washing machine when it broke down was STILL in there!