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Reflections from the Laundromat

Cinderblock walls and tile floors greet me when I enter. Smells of laundry soap, fabric softener and a diaper that hitch-hiked a ride through the wash permeate the air. Ceiling fans wobble overhead and attempt to cool the just barely comfortable room. Distant news channel and commercials are dimmed by the whirl and spin of machines working hard. A wall of windows letting in loads {pun intended} of natural light and an aqua clock ticking on the wall bring a somewhat homey feeling to the otherwise sterile room. Wire clothing carts, blue plastic chairs, rolls of quarters and time to sit and wait. A crepe myrtle blooms outside and cars whiz by on the sweltering summer afternoon. Circular windows give...

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