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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.

Grow Up and Wait

September 17, 1986

As a kid I told people I wanted to be a mother when I grew up. Not one of those people ever told me being a mother involved so much waiting. Not only is nine months a long time, but waiting for a colicky baby to fall asleep can seem like an eternity. Then there is the waiting room at the pediatrician’s office and the long wait for the end of the first day of school.

As the children have grown older I find I’m being told more and more often to wait.

“Dinner is ready”,
“Wait, this is the best part of the program”.

“Get your homework done”,
“Wait, I’m in the middle of a game”.

“Clean your room”,
“Wait, I’m talking on the phone”.

“Clear the table”,

I wonder how many days of my life have been spent waiting for shoes to be tied, hair to be curled and minds to be made up about what to wear, what to buy and whether to eat.

I’m sure I could have read “War & Peace” twice in the time I have spent in my car waiting for events and meetings to be over and everyone to finish running back and forth from the car to the house gathering up forgotten items.

My eight year old says she “can’t wait” until she grows up and has kids of her own.

I guess it’s good that she’s getting in the practice now.


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.