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The Boring Word About... is an editorial column created and written by editor Georgia Boring and advertising manager Charlene Word in the 1980s. The Boring Word About... makes an occasional reappearance in current issues and can have any member of the family as an author. Each week on Friday, we offer one of these historic columns for your enjoyment.
September 10, 1986
I think we should change the calendar. As far as I’m concerned September is the beginning of the year.
Our lives certainly change more during this month than they do in January. Other than learning to write a new year on my check, nothing changes in January. Not even the weather.
But during September the kids go back to school, organizations begin to meet again, the weather takes on a briskness that encourages us to attempt some fix up projects, we change our wardrobes and begin making plans for the holidays. And at our house we move furniture.
Maybe it’s the cooler weather, perhaps it’s the need to organize for the new school term. Whatever the reason fall is the time the rooms are rearranged, the closets cleaned and the drawers organized.
I am notorious for moving furniture. Before I went back to work I rearranged the living room every month. Our couch has been on every wall and in the middle of the floor. I don’t just move the furniture in a room but move rooms. At one time or another my kids have slept in all four of our bedrooms. My husband learned early in our marriage never to enter a room without turning on the lights.
This desire to move furniture seems to be inherited. The other day our son started rearranging his room but soon began to eye the large empty room his sister occasionally occupies. As of this writing the move is still in the negotiating stage. But in case Beth is reading this, you better look before emptying your suitcase on the next trip home!
April 9, 1986
We’ve just entered into a new phase of our marriage which no one had warned me about. I was ready for the changes a baby brings to your marriage, for the trauma when the last of the children go off to school, I’ve through about the empty nest syndrome and considered life after retirement. But I was not prepared when we had to start shopping for appliances again.
Like most newly marrieds we saved our money and then in one year, just before our first baby arrived, we bought: a washer, dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, freezer and stove. Since that year I’ve thought very little about my appliances and I certainly didn’t spend my time reading the ads and pricing new items.
So when the refrigerator died last year, followed by the washer and dryer this year I was not ready for the experience of buying new ones. I headed out to the stores remembering the excitement of those first purchases. But somehow it was just not the same. For one thing my husband was conveniently busy so it was our teenage son who went along to measure the sizes and check out the connections.
While he became enthralled with all the latest innovations I was appalled at the price tags. At no time had I even dreamed that a washer-dryer combination could cost $1500! Granted some models do cost less. But drop the price by very much and you may come home with a washboard.
Refrigerators come in so many different models and sizes that I couldn’t keep them straight. To think I just wanted to keep the ice cubes frozen!
And everything has a digital clock. I estimate that with a microwave, a stove, refrigerator (yes, they not only have clocks but will also tell you the temperature of the inside of the refrigerator and the kitchen), and washer/dryer combo in your kitchen you could have a clock in view at all times. With all the electronic controls, LEDs and push buttons the modern kitchen is beginning to look like the flight deck of a space ship. I know one thing, if I’m going to take off for a flight into space (or anywhere else for that matter) I have no intention of taking my appliances with me.
Since we put the washer and dryer in last week I have been eying my other appliances warily. It only stands to reason that if we purchased them all at the same time they are going to fall apart at the same time. I have even begun reading the ads for dishwashers and stoves. But before I take the plunge again I may consider the alternative eating all our meals out.