Just got a new washing machine and I’m proud to say I'm loving it!
It's a Speed Queen – and it feels like coming home.
I had been lamenting the current state of washing machines for years, starting back in the 80s when my aunt was forced to give up her decades old Speed Queen for a newfangled big-brand-name washer. Her old machine had agitated back-and-forth, whereas her new machine agitated in only one direction. The sales brochure promoted the fact that the “more efficient” agitator pulled clothes under water X-times per minute, but I remember my aunt standing there watching the process and muttering with disgust, "I don't like it."
So years later when I got my first washing machine (free with a condo purchase), I was prepared for the whole agitator-going-in-one-direction thing. The clothes were getting clean so no bother. Right?
Hal Hutchison, M.Ed.
Hal Wofford Hutchison, M.Ed., is a former columnist, writer and editor for the Arkansas Democrat and the Arkansas Gazette newspapers. She has also been a secondary educator, and a university counselor and administrator. She lives in Little Rock, Ark., with her husband of 23 years and their daughter.