Mouths full of food, cups of tea at our side, children playing bubbles outside or finishing up their radio plays for the day's topic, our last co-op of the year was typical of our two-weekly meetings.
And then this bizarre but funny conversation started. It went something like this:
Mum 1: I've got so much time now that I've been cross with my husband and stopped ironing his shirts.
Mum 2: I don't own anything that I iron.
Mum 3: I think we should all save the planet and just stop ironing altogether. In fact, I want to design t-shirts that say: "Go Green: Stop Ironing!"
Mum 2: Why do we iron anyway?
Mum 3: I think it all started with posh people -- they could afford to have servants who ironed for them, and then everyone else wanted flat clothes, too -- to look posh.
Mum 1: I think there are some parts of the world where you really have to iron, almost like a law. In Africa, there's a bug that lays eggs in your clothes while they're drying outside, so you have to iron to kill the eggs.
Mum 3: Ewwwww.
Mum 2: Maybe it was some queen who started having things ironed, like being the first one to have a baby lying down.
Mum 1: I think maybe the Chinese started it.
Mum 3: Oh, great! [My child] is doing a project on China. She can look up about ironing.
Mum 2: But isn't this our last co-op? I mean, we've finished for the summer now.
Mum 1: We don't stop for the summer, because we have breaks throughout the year as it is.
Mum 3: Yeah, us, too. We're getting in a good groove right now, and I don't want them to forget things. I think a little research about ironing would be interesting.
Mum 2: I think we should have more tea.
(Out of interest, see this link about the history of ironing -- it was the posh people who started it!)