Well of COURSE you don’t notice anything! That’s because there’s really nothing to notice! Except…for the first time in my “married with kids” career…I folded the kids clothes….INSIDE OUT! Well, at least all the clothing that came to the laundry room to be laundered that way! Which is easily at least half of this pile of t-shirts. Did the world stop spinning on its’ axis??? No! Could you even TELL??? No! (And those of you who are saying “I could tell!”….well you might have a worse problem than I do! lol).
OK…stick with me here. I will be coming to a point…soon.
I came across this post on How To Save Time Folding Laundry on ParentHacks.com several months ago…and was so impressed I bookmarked it and promptly forgot about it.
Well, this morning as I folded a particularly mountainous pile of my boys clothes…these words from that post I read months before came rushing back to me.
It wasn’t a phrase I was familiar with….but further investigation reveals it’s a line from Star Wars, in which C-3PO suggests a strategy to R2-D2, who’s playing a game of chess with Chewbacca.
The exchange goes like this:
[R2-D2 and Chewbacca are playing holographic chess aboard the Millennium Falcon]
C-3PO: He made a fair move. Screaming about it can’t help you.
Han Solo: Let him have it. It’s not wise to upset a Wookiee.
C-3PO: But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.
Han Solo: That’s ’cause droids don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.
C-3PO: I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win.
“Letting the Wookiee win” in this instance is basically another way of saying “choose your battles.”
For years I have been trying (without success!) to get the hubster and my kids to TURN THEIR CLOTHES RIGHT SIDE OUT when they take them off and put them in the dirty clothes basket. I mean really….how hard is it????? *I* manage to do it. Don’t they realize the time it takes to fold the laundry would be cut in HALF if I didn’t have to turn everything right side out again?
So as of today there has been an addendum made to the House Rules:
All laundry that presents itself in this house INSIDE OUT….will remain that way…until the owner/wearer decides to wear it again and can THEN decide whether or not they want to be seen in public with their shirt, pants, etc turned inside out. :-)
In the game of life…there are always going to be “battles” that need to be set aside in order to buoy up strength for those inevitable battles that NEED to be fought…and need to be WON!