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You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling……..

March 23, 2009

Today, with no one but me to do laundry, I actually folded some clothes. I opened my daughters’ dresser drawer to put away a shirt – I shifted some things around to make room – and I was almost knocked over by the softest, gentlest breeze of fresh air I have ever felt and smelled. I swear it whisked my bangs away from my eyes. My head tilted back. My eyes closed. My imagination took me across oceans. There might have even been angels singing. Oh heaven. The commercials are true! Fabric softener does make your clothes smell like a spring breeze.I might just buy stock in Downy.

There must have been something in that drawer that my daughters have decided is not India worthy. It has been left unworn, untainted at the bottom of their drawer. And it is the only thing we have left that still smells like home. (Well, to be fair, the cat litter still smells the same – but somehow it just doesn’t compare.)

Our bath towels have long ago lost the softness and smell of home – their loving feeling. Now I get my loofa scrub when I get out of the shower and dry off with a towel that has been hung out to dry.

So I stood at the drawer for a minute and I thought. Think. Think. Think. There must be something I can do. So I decided to conduct a little experiment.

My blog friend at Mr. Smith Goes to Delhi had told me that dryer sheets were hard to find here. But what she didn’t say was dryers were harder to find. So, I did bring some dryer sheets with me. But, alas, we don’t have a dryer – well, unless you call God sneezing a dryer, but at least we don’t have a dryer that utilizes dryer sheets. So, they have sat unused on top of our washer. Until today. I put two in the washer with my towels. They did come out smelling nicer than they have been smelling. They are drying now and I will let you know how it goes.

P.S. I know some of you are thinking – they have fabric softener in Delhi – just buy some of that. Here is where you have to have lived somewhere that has a Tide laundry detergent/Downy fabric softener combination available to use with your laundry. And you have to have been somewhere where dryers aren’t uncommon. And you have to have smelled clothes that come out of the dryer toasty warm smelling of that combination. It’s similar to fresh bread coming out of the oven – except it’s fresh bread that you can wrap around your body. Soft, warm, spongy fresh bread with melted butter on it. And your doctor just insisted that you must stop the ridiculous dieting right now and gain 5 pounds already. See what I mean? Heaven!

And, yes, I have seen Tide here. But it comes in very small packages and it is expensive. So, please remember, I have three children who would like to go to college at some point. India has convinced them that being homeless is not the career path they hope to follow. So they might have to suffer through scratchy clothes in order for us to pay tuition. If I decide they aren’t actually college material, bring on the Tide – but that is yet to be determined.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. CanIRemainUnknownPl permalink
    March 24, 2009 6:18 pm

    Ha Ha, domestic help is fun!! I mean real fun, I have been in situations where the conversations about salary etc become so funny that the help could even start charging money just to let me watch my mom and the help discussing this. U did good by letting him go, I hope you use an agency which does some kind of background check, also Delhi police used to have a program where u can register your domestic help and they would do the background check for ‘free’.

  2. Nancy permalink
    March 24, 2009 1:26 pm

    That one brought tears to my eyes. Smells are such a strong memory sensor. And there’s nothing like the smell of home. Love you, girlfriend.

  3. March 24, 2009 12:32 am

    Deep – just tell them to imagine their lives without it and they will surely bring you two bottles.

    Tottsmom – oh do keep us posted

    Jasmeet – that is tempting!

    Sharmishtha – we won’t be getting a dryer – dang!

    Deewane – you just have to be careful not to scratch your nose when smelling that sunshine. hee hee

  4. deewane permalink
    March 24, 2009 12:15 am

    ROFLOL! What I have always missed is how clothes smell after a day out in the sun…like sunshine!! I loved picking the clothes from the clothesline (the deck was right outside my bedroom in India) and then just bury my face in the freshly laundered pile (you just know that its so so clean, thnx to all the sun)!! And whenever we are lucky enough to have a sunny day here in CT (soooooo few of those btw 😦 ), well guess where my towel ends up! yup, out on the deck πŸ˜›

  5. Sharmishtha permalink
    March 23, 2009 8:14 pm

    If you do get a dryer, save it for use during the monsoons and rainy days (when the smell of musty clothes that never dry on a line is just disgusting). Otherwise, in a sub-tropical climate drying your clothes out in the sunshine – with all those ultraviolet rays – is better germicide than Downy. Although, I have to admit that the stiffness and scratchiness of a towel that’s been line dried is something awful.

  6. Jasmeet permalink
    March 23, 2009 1:46 pm

    Funny as hell! I have a suggestion though: send them to college in India (hehe). A day of your husband’s salary would see then sitting in the classes of Jesus and Mary College for a year. Pretty cheap and if they get good grades at Bachelors level, they can always apply for scholarship (over and above the fact that they’ll be paying lower tuition fee than the foreign students.)

    Give it a thought! πŸ˜‰

  7. Tottsmom permalink
    March 23, 2009 11:31 am

    I have to admit, I would miss soft towles! As I sit here my husband is discussing jobs with someone on the phone. I don’t know who he is talking too, but his is discussing 6 month contracts in India. I wonder what that is all about? Will keep you updated.

  8. March 23, 2009 10:41 am

    The first time I heard of it was in “Home Alone”, Macaulay Culkin says…”I got milk, eggs and fabric softener”. I’ll pester some friend returning from the U.S. to get me a bottle of it…I wonder how they’ll react though!? Thaaaaaaaaaaaanks!

  9. March 23, 2009 8:23 am

    Deep – it can either be a liquid you put into the washing machine with your laundry or it can be a sheet that you put in the dryer. I did find one brand called “Bambi” – if you have never had fabric softener you might notice a difference – but if you have had Downy, it just does not compare.

  10. March 23, 2009 7:28 am

    I have always wondered, what is fabric softener? How does it work? What do you do with it? Have you found any brands in India? If you have, please let me know, because I’d like to try some…


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