The Lost Process of Ironing

April 26, 2018

Does anyone iron anymore? Picking out cotton fabric or dry fit clothing is easy. There are high powered steamers and settings on dryers to eliminate wrinkles.

 

Do you iron? If you do iron, how do you iron? Who taught you how to iron? Was that person patient with you? Did you know that your ironing sensei passed on a process of highest achievement?

 

On Sundays, I’ve been ironing my son’s shirts for church. I start with the collar. Next are the front panels along with the plackets. I continue the back of the shirt. Finally, I finish with both sleeves. The left front panel seems to have a wrinkle in it every time I iron. The process has a gap, but it is quickly smoothed out.

 

I learned the process from my sensei, my mother, and I can’t remember the first time I ironed. I must have been young because it’s ingrained in me. My mother would sew dresses for weddings or events for her clients, and I would iron out the puckered material. Anyone can be efficient when you have 14 dresses to iron in a few hours.

 

I was thinking of many processes that are lost due to technology or innovation. Like the process of talking to people for the sake of talking to people. My husband is comfortable going up to people and asking anything about them. The art of conversation and the process of getting to know someone is not prevalent in this world. Did we learn to have a conversation with Youtube videos, our parents, or our friends? Are we a century away from having meaningful connection without an agenda or achieving a goal?

 

What other processes are being lost?

 

 

 

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