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Laundry Day

Since this is my first attempt at writing, I have started with explaining a mundane task of doing laundry.

She opened her eyes unable to sleep more due to the gloomy brightness in her room. She looked at the clock & it was already noon. She tried to fall asleep by covering her eyes with her soft shawl but couldn’t sleep anymore. Finally, she woke up, prayed to god & got out of bed. After freshening up, she returned to her bedroom to switch on her laptop. Yes, being connected is the most important thing for IT people. She suddenly realized that her room was not as bright as it is on a normal day. Usually, sunlight penetrates her room at 7am in the morning, making it difficult for her to sleep past 8am. She lifted up a blind & took notice of the pouring rain. She almost screamed “Gosh! its raining…and I have to do laundry, I need to do laundry”. As all IT people do, she returned to her laptop for help. She opened her favorite web browser & went to the weather website. She looked at the hourly weather report which told her that it would just be drizzling from 2.00pm to 3.00pm & would stop raining from 3.15pm to 3.45pm. She decided that this was the time she would go and put clothes for laundry. Being relieved by this decision, she went into the kitchen to make tea & a sandwich for breakfast. Once ready, she returned to her laptop with tea cup in on hand & plate of sandwich in another & put on the “Notting Hill” dvd that she had ordered from netflix. Julia Roberts was her favorite Hollywood actress. It was difficult to stay in the real word when movie world seemed so fantastic. It was at 2.15pm when her eyes looked at the clock & she ran to her closet to gather the clothes for laundry. Once the bag was full, she got out of her room, collected the detergent from the bathroom, grabbed her home keys & rushed outside. It was drizzling, so she tried to walk as fast as she could. Laundry bag was a bit heavy & longer than her height. She tried to concentrate on her surroundings instead of the heaviness of the bag. She breathed in the freshness of the air & felt the water droplets on her face. It made her happy to be in rain after a long time. The water droplets on the car, the trees, the puddles on the road all reminded her of her home country. The weather was perfect & same as it was back home in the rainy season. She took the second left from her apartment & tried avoid the water puddles on the ground. The funny thing was, it seemed like a river rather than a puddle. How can you avoid that? Yes, it was a vain attempt & she did end up wetting her sneakers. She passed through the passageway of another building to get to the laundry room which was in the clubhouse of her apartments. It also contained a Gym, a pool table, a computer room & a tv room for kids. The outside of the clubhouse was lined up with flowers & shrubs. There were pink, white & yellow flowers. The pink color of the flowers looked more radiant because of the rain droplets on them. She passed the small waterfall outside the clubhouse & finally tapped her card to get in. When she got into the laundry room, all the washing machines were empty. It seemed nobody wanted to come out in the rain.

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