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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.

Summer

June 18, 1986

Granted my life may not be as ordered as most but there are certain things we learn to count on and for me it is the routine of the school day. Each day as my two boys leave the house at 7 am I know it is time to ready to go to work. When the phone rings at 2:50 we know in two hours we will be locking the door for another day. What is left of the afternoon and evening is usually filled with school activities and occasionally some homework.

But summer has come and what routine I had has been destroyed. The phone call now comes in late morning announcing my teenagers have opened their eyes and decided to face what is left of another day. Our discussions usually center on what there is to eat in the house. For nine months they have gone off to school each day willing to eat the cafeteria food. Whether they like it or not they voiced no word of protest. Now there is nothing in our house fit to eat. The leftover roast beef, the freezer filled with hamburgers, fish patties, hot dogs, etc? Nothing seems to satisfy their cravings.

If and when we surmount the food problems we are left with how to fill the rest of the day. Again none of my suggestions seem to spark their interest. Their rooms will remain cluttered, the grass unmowed and the dishes stacked in the sink. There is also a form of Murphy’s law which is in evidence. Friends they wish to visit are only home on days I can not leave the office to play chauffeur. It rains on the days when they want  to go swimming and on days when I feel the lawn needs mowed. It’s unbearably hot on the days I can’t take them swimming and on days I feel the lawn needs mowed.

As every working mother knows there is that fateful day when the kids decided they are too old for a babysitter and you think they are too young to be on their own. The age varies with the number of children at the house. The more kids, the less time you can trust them alone. One young teen can probably manage rather well. Give him a younger sibling to watch and you have the beginnings of a dictatorship, add another and you may have a revolution on your hands.

If you are blessed you will have two kinds of children. Early risers and night owls. The latter will stay up watching late night TV while his sister or brother sleeps. In the morning the roles will change and with any luck at all the two will meet only briefly in mid afternoon.

If there  is one thing I am sure of - it is that every working mom can tell you the date of the first day of the new school year!

GCB

Starting Over

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.

GCB