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The Tattered Towel

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    Hello, my name is Tatty, and I am a towel. While my owner was in the shower this morning she reached for me and saw that I had a string hanging down and that string was was wet. She ripped it from me and threw the string of me on the back of the toilet. She looked at me a little more closely and saw how one side of me had become fringed with wear and began to think, I wonder how the towel was made and how many uses did a towel have, so here I am, ready to tell you my story. You might be surprised at some spectacular things I have done, only one really, but that is for later.

     

    Most people today are not interested in how things began, their humble beginnings, such as the towel. Originally I was a flat woven piece of fabric. You might get a better look if you think of something like linen, like a linen dress or table runner. These pieces were woven together into one huge piece of fabric then turned into what ever might be called for, a dress, a skirt, a shirt, or a towel, like ‘ME”.

     

    My life as a towel has been a hard one. Have you ever looked at me when you threw me in the washer and through the open window see me peering out through those bubbles saying “Help Me”? As I swished and swirled around between the hot water (ouch) the detergent and its bubbles ,and of course, the bleach, all so that any germs on me would be eradicated and, I would then be “Sparkling” clean. By the time I have gone through the spin cycle I am dizzy, and disorientated, I went from being fat and fluffy to being wrung from end to end like the making of a braided pretzel. My face looks like a Picasso with one eye down to my right, the other up to the left and my nose is at my feet, it is really an awful feeling to be so out of sorts. I am then man handled, shoved into the dryer, or if a woman handles me she neatly shakes me out so I can dry more easily then I am shoved into the dryer. UG! Have you ever sat in front of a dryer at the laundromat and watched me go around and around? At first it is like a thud as I break up and fold out with steam inside, kinda like a spa. If you watch long enough you can see me jumping all over as I go round and round, can you hear me say AHHHHH? Once the timer dings off I slowly come to a stop and am plopped down on the bottom waiting for my release. After retrieving a cart or a basket my human partner takes me out, but not necessarily folds me at that moment, or maybe not at any moment. I may spend the rest of the week in that basket, crowded out by all the other caricatures that come in other forms of towels. Some take the time while watching a TV program to sit and fold each of us then between commercials take us down the hall and put us in the linen closet ( humm, I wonder if that is a relation to me, the linen closet?) I now have been used and abused, washed, dried, folded and put back to be taken out and used all over again, its like a cycle on your washer and dryer, never ending.

     

    Have you ever given any thought to how I am used outside of taking a shower? I watched my fellow towel, who is much older than me, who shows the scars of much wear, a white spot where the bleach hit on his pretty sea green color. I saw black spots where he was used to clean a black pair of boots and the black yuck was just embedded. He had many a wear holes in him where the threads were just disintegrating Then one day, I witnessed our human take him and a pair of scissors and cut him in half and in half again, making him now into face cloths for small jobs like scrubbing the sink. That just tore him to pieces, he was never the same again. I thought to myself will that be my fate too? I only had a few tattered edges, lightly fringed, no wear holes in the middle, trying to hold myself together so I can remain fully whole was all I could think of in that moment.

     

    Towels have had a dirty life, no matter where the towel is, it takes on the life of what ever it is used for. The hand towel, mostly used for in the kitchen to wipe hands on or clean up small spills, but in my humans house one of us fully formed bath towels hangs from the refrigerator handle for those big jobs like when the dishwasher overflows with bubbles, now that's a job for the super towel. Now the hand towel can also be used in the bathroom, its a perfect size. Lets talk face clothes, not just for faces in the shower, but they also become used as napkins when the paper towels are gone, they double too as table wipes when there is a spill. Sometimes they are even used to kill a bug that happens to trot across the path. Its a dirty job but someone has got to do it.

     

    Sometimes we are called into battle, like when someone is sick with a fever and they need a cold compress on their heads, or sometimes someone has cut themselves and is bleeding, what better rescue than a towel that can hold up under that kind of stress.

     

    Towels do some sweet things too, and those towels are made much softer as in those used to wash a baby's face or in the bath tub as they splash and sequel around. Its a precious sight as I pear out of the linen closet.

     

    Using a towel goes far back in our history, and one of the most historical uses of a towel is when our precious Lord and Savior washed his disciples feet and dried them with a towel. Oh how that towel must have shined in that moment, how humble he must have felt to be used by the one who created that which he was made out of. Although his job of wiping all those dirty feet, like when a mom washes her sons dirty face, is a sparkling reminder of how God makes all things new and He brings new light to any dirty situation. He is the potter, we are the clay or the towel, either way, we were created by the one who used us.

     

    So today, as you wash, dry, fold and use your Tattered Towels, remember that Jesus Loves you, and that no matter where you are on this journey called life you can still be used by the one who washed other peoples feet.

     

    Oh and by the way, the towel that Jesus used, was a relative of mine.

    John 13:3-5

    Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

     

    Leslie McLea (AKA Tatty the Towel)

     

    February 11,2018

    http://www.nandinagreen.com/blog/nandina/history-of-the-towel/

     


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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Ha, that was a sweet article, Leslie, thank you :)!

Feb 12
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

So glad you liked it. You will never look at your towels the same way. LOL

Feb 12
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

Leslie, This is absolutely Awesome. I read it when it first posted, but just now able to post, as I had  a very good busy weekend. I kind of felt bad as I looked at my basket of towels needing folded. Have a great week.

Rebecca

Feb 13
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

Thank you kindly Rebecca. LOL on the towel folding, ours are still shoved in the basket in the living room. 

Feb 13
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

I don't feel so bad now :)

Have a blessed day.

Feb 13
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

LOL as long as they are clean and ready to use that is what is important. Its all about where are you going to spend your time and energy. I bet just about everyother person here on RHM does not fold their towels LOL. 

Feb 14