In March, a dear aunt stepped forward to watch our children, and I headed with my husband to Santa Monica for David's RoadMap seminar.
The night before David's seminar, Eric told me about some of the questions that David would ask in the seminar. He asked me..."If tomorrow's RoadMap seminar were a wild success, what would that look like?" He wanted to know what I could walk away with that would make my life easier/better/organized, etc..
My flippant remark was that "all my ironing would be done." I know, it sounds crazy in this age of permanent press, but our family wears a lot of cotton, my girls wear a lot of skirts and dresses, and my husband wears lots of dress shirts. Thus we have lots of wrinkles, and the ironing grows quickly in a family of six. Sometimes, I set aside one of our guest rooms as a laundry pile. Yes, the entire room. Now, some of you might be wondering why I'm not traipsing down to the dry cleaners for their fluff and fold services. The nearest one is 70 miles away, so it's easier to do it myself.
So, while listening to David speak, it suddenly hit me...my thirteen year old twin daughters have been asking me to teach them how to iron. I hadn't really been motivated in the past, as trying to huddle over one ironing board while I tried to teach them would only slow me down. To be honest, I don't have spare time right now to be slowed down. But, if each girl had her own ironing board, iron, spray bottle, and starch - I could teach them how to iron, while I was still getting ironing done!
The very next day, while still in Santa Monica, I went out and purchased the much needed items. Not too many people go to Santa Monica to purchase ironing supplies, and I don't think too many people in Santa Monica iron, because the supplies were hard to find, but I was thrilled when I finally found them! The possibilities were more than I could begin to dream.
The next week, my daughters and I set up our boards, and we completed half of the ironing in one session! When they realized that the best way to iron was while watching a movie, they actually began volunteering to iron!
I can now say, for the first time in many, many, many years, that my ironing is done!
While many people who left the seminar likely went back to their homes and offices to organize their files, I went home and got the ironing done.