Monday, August 17, 2009

The Romance of Ironing

Linda has a post on ironing. It is amazing how artists can capture the beauty of mundane tasks, a beauty which is often hidden from us. It certainly is hidden from me most of the time because I forget that little things done with love are great in the eyes of God.



Julygirl said...

It is no longer the vexing, tiresome task it was when those pictures were painted. I am wondering if Mary Cassat or other women artists painted someone ironing! The other day I was with a woman in her 90's whose adult grandson was visiting and when he left she remarked that his shirt needed ironing. I told her that these days few people iron, and many do not fold their clothes right out of the dryer which would help somewhat in eliminating wrinkles.

I also find it a somewhat more rewarding task then cleaning the refrigerator, although I detested ironing when I had a family and had so many other things to do.

Enbrethiliel said...


Oh, my! Those paintings are breathtaking, but I don't know if I'd ever consider ironing romantic! ;-)

Hanging wet laundry up on a clothesline to billow in the wind . . . Now that is something I often imagine myself doing!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

My mother would laugh to read this- she had to teach five rather intractible daughters how to do this task, and oh did we moan every week when we did it. Now, at age 47, and with back and leg pain which keeps me from standing for more than a few minutes, I would Love to iron my husband's shirts!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello! I know from other forums that you are interested in pictures of the Petit Trianon and just wanted to let you know that I made a couple of posts about it over the weekend, which you might be like to see! :)

Melanie x

Newlywed Next Door said...

These are great! The first one really does make ironing look romantic. I wonder if dish washing could look this good?