In the states, laundry happens in a small (often windowless) room or closet whenever one can spare the moment to flip the load into a machine for washing or drying. Costa Rica has washing machines (praise the Lord!) and dryers, too. Electricity is so expensive, however, that colorfully decked-out clotheslines decorate everyone’s open spaces. Washing machines are often situated under awnings in open back patios. This summer I got to pretreat and sort within view of rolling hills and (hopefully) clear skies. The washing machine emptied its rinse water into the nearby sink and delighted my children by making enormous “sud cakes.”
The language of Laundry is spoken often in Costa Rica because of the warm weather and easy access to dirt, but it is spoken in terms of sunshine and warm breezes, limited only by afternoon rains, line space, and the number of clothespins you own. In Costa Rica, joy, and laundry, come in the morning.