1 year ago
Dear Enormous Clothes Drying Rack: You’ve brought so much joy and comfort to my life, and I'm grieving you harder than I ever could have imagined. You helped me wash so many loads over so many years. Your broad shoulders have held mounds of heavy clothes, lovingly supporting the wicking of washwater. You pleasantly humidified my bedroom on dry winter days, and spared my old apartment from the waste heat of the dryer on hot summer days. I loved you so much I entrusted you not only with my delicates, who needed your gentleness, but also with countless clothes that I could have put in the dryer too. You avoided countless tangles between the waistbands of my workhorse scrubs, and mitigated a lot of wear on my socks. My houseguests saw your magic, took advantage of your services, and teased me lovingly about our bond. And you've stayed green through it all, worth many times your weight in saved carbon dioxide emissions. I bought you off craigslist, and was overjoyed to offer you a second home and a second life. I carried you with me through quite a few moves. Enormous and impractical though you may have seemed at every turn, you were so worth it. I was even considering bringing you with me to California. When I put that stack of wet clothes on your left arm last week, I had no idea that it would lead to a debilitating medial epicondyle fracture, leaving you unable to bear weight and making it painful for you to even stand. Now, I'm left having to make the difficult decision to say good bye. If I'm honest, it's goodbye not just to you, but to the life we lived together, and all the phases of my life and time in Philadelphia that we shared. I love you and will always appreciate you. Thanks for everything.