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June 27, 2010
When I was young my mother complained that we boys never turned our dirty laundry right side out or emptied our pockets. I once stood with her at the washer as she explained that she had no time, it was our job.

"I just wash them with whatever's in the pockets", she said.

I thought about her words and advice she'd always given me. "If your going to do a job", I told her, "you should do it right."

She slapped my face.

I often think about that day. Today I spent 20 minutes turning dirty clothes and checking pockets.