White Whiner with First World Problems

Today, I went to a laundromat for the first time in 25 or 30 years. My dryer quit working, recently. I figure I don’t have much to complain about, my washer still works.

It snowed here over the weekend. We got 7 or 8 inches of snow. I figure I don’t have much to complain about, I have a nice shovel and the snow was the light and fluffy kind of snow.

So, in order to get my laundry done today, I washed four loads in my ‘working’ washer, shoveled the 7 to 8 inches of snow from my driveway, used a nice broom to push the snow off my car and then loaded the wet laundry in two baskets into the back seat of the car. While I was waiting for the car to warm up, I realized that I should have grabbed my heavy winter coat….just in case the car would break down or something like that. Back into the house to get my coat, I decide to scrape the ice off the windshield instead of waiting for the car to warm. I’m ready to go, now. Twelve miles to the next town to dry my laundry.

I get to the laundromat and realize I forgot the dryer sheets. You know…those little white sheets that make the static go away. This is a critical mistake. We have so much more static in the winter with the dry air. Off to the grocery I go. I figure I don’t have much to complain about since the grocery store is in the same parking lot as the laundromat. Might as well grab a cola while I’m there.

Finally, I am ready to dry my laundry. The first machine I chose had someone’s laundry in it still. The next one was out of order. Finally, found one I could use. Loaded my laundry into the machine and put in four quarters. That should do it. The next machine was available also. Loaded the second basket of wet laundry and added another four quarters. Found a nice seat to sit at while I waited. Opened my Nook to read a novel that I started recently. ‘BEEP’ One of the dryers has stopped. hmmmmm. It must not be working well. The laundry is still damp. Add four more quarters and restart the load. Again with the ‘BEEP’. Now I am down to using one dryer (as all the others were being used by other patrons of the laundromat). I figure I don’t have much to complain about, at least one dryer works better than the one I have at home.

After laundry, I decided to do a little Christmas shopping. Another 10 mile drive across town. Just need to pick up a few things. By now, I am getting a bit hungry. Maybe I will reward myself for all the hard work this was to get the laundry done. I stop at my favorite pizza parlor on the way home. A large, three topping pizza and another cola. On the way home, I decided I should call my mother and say hi. Had a wonderful conversation with Mom. We talked about my job and my upcoming move to New York. See, that is why I have to use the laundromat. I don’t want to buy a new dryer before I move 8 hours away. I will just buy a new dryer in New York. I figure I don’t have much to complain about, I am using the laundromat so I don’t have to buy a new one yet.

Western industrialized civilization. Even though I don’t have much to complain about, I do have a lot of inconveniences in my life right now. On the way to the laundromat I just wanted to take a moment to thank God for all he provides. For many years, I have had my own washer and dryer. I am blessed with a vehicle that starts in this cold weather. I am physically able to shovel snow. I have the means to pay for the laundromat, with extra quarters when the machines do not work well. How blessed am I that I can go shopping for Christmas presents for my family and then stop to get a pizza for dinner (with enough left over for lunch tomorrow).

I realize that even though I try not to complain, I am a white whiner with first world problems. Those in third world countries would cringe at all the ‘problems’ I had today. How lucky are we, in the Western world, that we don’t have to wash our laundry in a creek or river, that we don’t have to walk 12 miles to the next town. Who are we to complain about having to shovel snow or waiting for our car to warm up. Seems a bit silly to whine about not wanting to cook dinner because we worked so hard today.

The next time something goes wrong or becomes inconvenient…..try to see it for what it is. If we all take time to look at our world like a Third World person would, we would be ashamed of ourselves. Thank God for everything you have. Every convenience and every inconvenience. Praise God for every First World Problem you have. For every problem has a direct link to something others, in Third World countries, cannot imagine.


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