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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Clean Fleeces

What is so cathartic about clean sheets? My daddy used to call clean sheets "clean fleeces". That was what his Scottish grandmother always called them. I thought that was the coolest thing until I shared it with one of my classmates in school. In third grade some things get lost in translation. This was one of them. It was a long time before I brought up that subject again.

Maybe this is one of the luxuries of staying in fine hotels - the clean towels and sheets, as well as those snazzy tiny shampoo bottles (and the mini-bar - but we won't go there.) Now the big deal is the thread count and the type of cotton used in sheets. And, I will admit, it matters to me. Let's face it, if I'm going to spend a third of my life wrapped in something, I want to be comfortable.

I knew I had truly ruined my children when I found my youngest daughter going through the linen closet throwing things on the floor in disgust. When I asked her what the problem was, she replied (in a not too friendly tone) that there were no clean sheets for her bed with more than a 300 thread count. Now this is spoken from the child who has never done well with math concepts. Perhaps the school should try a linen curriculum.

For the longest time, I thought that folding a fitted sheet was an impossible task. Every time I tried, I got frustrated attempting the seemingly impossible. I seriously considered going and buying a fitted sheet just to be able to bring it home, carefully open it up and photograph each step as I unfolded it to reveal its secrets. I am proud to say, however, I finally learned how to correctly fold a fitted sheet (Full disclosure here: Martha showed me how - It's a good thing)

This is the one Saturday morning chore that gives me great gratification. I know that evening when I crawl into bed, no matter what happened that day, I will have the satisfaction of clean fleeces.

1 comment:

Lynn Fralick said...

I must admit to a probably unhealthy fascination to clean fleeces myself! Now that I am home all the time, I will change our sheets more than once a week. Now, they are not always more than 300 count (God bless Sydney's little heart!), but, as you, the feeling lasts all day that the sheets will be clean and straight when I get into bed!

By the way, thank you for this blog! I really, really, really, (is that enough?) love and enjoy it!