Being without a clothes dryer for a few days--and then working with a brand new one--gave me a startlingly new appreciation for the "workers" in my home.
So, I'm proposing a new national holiday--because, goodness knows, we don't have enough of these made-up ones already.
(Drum roll, please)
National Appliance Appreciation Day
Do you ever stop to think about how many appliances we use in a day? Big ones. Little ones. Medium ones. Girly ones. Manly ones. Kiddos. Want to fill up your mind with useless stuffing? Make a list with me.
Curling, flat or other iron
Fridge or freezer
Toaster or toaster oven
Microwave or full-blown oven
Range, griddle, waffle iron
Coffee maker, Hot-Shot, juicer
Dishwasher, disposal, compactor
Under-the-cabinet radio, TV, CD, DVD
Dustbuster or Robo-Vac
And that's all before 8 a.m., probably.
What do we give to these tireless personal assistants? They are there for us day in and day out, never complaining about our strange looks and behavior. Never demanding a vacation. What do we reward them with? A bonus? A lunch out? Flowers? Spa treatment? A pat on the back??
Sadly, it's often a kick, slam, drop or shove, as we're in a hurry doing our thing or frustrated that our thing isn't going the way it should. Do we even offer to give them a bath or other cleaning? An oiling? A day off??
The very least we can do is a holiday. A moment of appreciation acknowledging all of the appliances that do all of those jobs for which we have no patience or interest in doing or, seemingly, have lost the ability to do for ourselves.
National Appliance Appreciation Day (a.k.a., Humans Are Spoiled!)