14. Laundry Day
Saturday morning meant one thing for Susan—doing the
. She hated doing the laundry. Unenthusiastically, she took
pillow cases off all the pillows. Then she
the fitted sheet from the mattress. She took
towel off the towel bar in the bathroom.
grabbed a couple of dirty dish towels out
the kitchen, and looked all around her apartment
anything else that needed washing.
In the corner
her living room, a can of coins sat
top of the file cabinet. She fished out
quarters. She opened the cabinet under her kitchen
and grabbed a plastic bottle of liquid detergent.
, she set her electronic timer for 35 minutes.
timer would remind her that the washing was
, and that it was time to go back
and put the clothes into the dryer for
minutes. Without the timer, Susan would completely forget
check her clothes.
Susan carried the laundry basket
. How happy she would be when her laundry
done for this week. As she approached the
room, she heard a familiar sound. The sound
the washer washing and the dryer drying. One
her neighbors had got there before her. Muttering,
took her basket back upstairs.