We are always happy to have a post from a volunteer. The everyday sometimes mundane tasks are viewed in a new light and those seemingly boring or time consuming chores can be fun! Thank you Malia for showing us how laundry can be fun!
One day in December, while volunteering at Wat Opot, the girls’ washing machine was broken (waiting on a part to be delivered from Phnom Penh) and the boys’ machine was being difficult but it seemed the preschoolers were out of clean clothes. So we did what had to be done – we washed the clothes the old fashion way.
We grabbed plastic buckets from the play room and soap and headed outside by the hose faucet. We had the little ones gather up their dirty clothes and gave them each a bucket filled with soapy water and to scrubbing they went. It was a hot day so after they finished scrubbing they decided to clean themselves. They stripped down and played in their buckets and shampooed at least 6 times each! They would take turns letting me dump the bucket of water on them so they could rinse.
Pretty soon more kids joined in in washing their clothes and playing in the cold water from the hose. Laundry had never been so fun!