My daughter Aurora is a clever little one. She is very vocal and likes helping out with house chores (My oldest two don’t even do that without a bribe!). I knew when she was a wee baby that she was far ahead of herself already.
I usually do the washing everyday (Kinda have to with 4 kids and a partner!) – packing clothes into the washing machine, and Aurora usually comes to help me (a handy habit to have at her age – might teach her some responsibility for the years ahead). She’d take the washing out of the washing basket and pop it into the washing machine without any assistance.
Alternatively once the washing machine cycle finishes, she’d be straight over to help empty it and begin to load the dryer.
As the washing machine and dryer are in the utility room (which can be easily accessed through the kitchen), Aurora can waltz in whenever she feels like, and especially as she enjoys playing with her pushchair (which is also stored in there – she likes playing with the straps for some unknown reason. She’s a strange one, she gets that from her dad).
The other day I went to open the washing machine as to place in some dirty laundry and to my absolute shock, my lower half was suddenly saturated and the utility room had flooded with a good centimetre of water! Unknown at the time, Aurora had entered the utility room and switched the washing machine on to fill itself up. Later that same day, I must have turned the machine off from the socket without realising it wasn’t empty.
Shouting my partner in the moment ‘BABE!‘, he ran from the dining room to find me drenched from the ankles below.
Grabbing as many towels as he could, he threw them onto the utility room floor to soak up as much water as possible before any major damages could have been made. Shouting the kids away at the time helped before they put their imaginations to the test and found a fun game to play in all the excitement.
After about half-an-hour later with assistance from the central heating, the water was all gone.
I’m glad nothing major was ruined, but i’ll have to make sure I check the washing machine for any remaining water next time before I open it up like a wholly.
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