The Smoking Dishwasher

November 19, 2021


Ok, Mark, you’ll have to fill in the holes in this story.

The dishwasher was the kind that rolled around on wheels and hooked up to the kitchen sink. I don’t know where we kept it when we weren’t using it, and I really don’t have many strong memories of it at all…..except when it caught on fire.

I don’t know if it was an actual fire or just smoke, but all I know is that Mom came in and woke me – and all of us – up and said we had to get outside quick. I remember somebody putting the afghan blanket from the sofa around me, and then we were all standing out on the front sidewalk, barefoot. I believe the fire truck came, because I have a vague memory of that. No actual damage happened to the house – it was just the dishwasher.

My only strong memory of the whole event was thinking about the afghan. How could I be warm if it was full of so many holes?

Family, shore this story up.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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5 Responses to “The Smoking Dishwasher”

  1. Lauren's dad Said on:

    We bought the dishwasher in Craig when a school principal begged Mom to teach full-time in October, because a teacher quit. There was no room to install an under counter one. It was always in the way in the kitchen. I told Mom that since you children jockeyed about loading the the dishwasher, you could jockey about washing dishes. And, you did the dishes just fine!


  2. Mark Said on:

    My memories are similar to Lauren’s. I just remember that we went from having one dishwasher to having four , , , kids either washing or drying, and putting them away.


  3. Lauren's dad Said on:

    Actually, you “kids” did a good job — in so many ways. Please accept my belated Thank You!


  4. Lauren Said on:

    When my preschoolers are being lazy at clean up time, I tell them the story about how lazy I was when we would do dishes. I’d say “I’ll rinse!” The grumbling from the siblings was well-earned. Rinsing is not an actual job, Little Lauren. 🙂


  5. Brad Said on:

    But we haven’t yet answered the most pressing question: How does an afghan blanket warm you with all those holes?

    I just searched the internet. Here’s what I got:
    When moving air passes you, it carries heat away from your body, making you cold. The blanket’s holes work by holding air (warmed by your body) between the yarn threads and inside the holes, stopping this air from moving away. This warm air stays next to your body, keeping you warm.


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