Thursday, January 17, 2008

Laundry: fighting a long defeat?

Today I fought the laundry beast, and for today I think I've nearly won! For today. Of course it shall rise again, in all its filth, wrinkles, and smelliness. But this, and other things, such as the ever-returning dirty dish, must be met with relentless courage down the years, knowing still they will come back.

This makes me think of what the elven lady Galadriel said about Celeborn her husband:

'He has dwelt in the West since the days of dawn, and I have dwelt with him years uncounted; for ere the fall of Nargothrond or Gondolin I passed over the mountains, and together through ages of the world we have fought the long defeat.'

The long defeat. They were fighting and resisting evil for thousands of years, knowing they could not defeat it wholy, and yet they counted it not done in vain.

I suppose their sacrifice makes a few loads of laundry seem rather small.


  1. Lady Rael,

    I found your blogspot while searching for images of Gurgi of the Prydain Chronicles.

    Something in the blurb that came up made me click on your site--what a joy and what a delightful surprise.

    I am a homeschooling mom. I have four daughters (12-20), the two oldest now live in a nearby town and the younger two still live with me. We have homeschooled all their lives.

    I was so thrilled to see that you have many, many of the same interests as I do (especially).

    I would love to exchange emails with you--and correspond. I couldn't find an email link.

    Here is my email address

    I would love to hear from you.

    I have a blogspot also...


  2. Muglin4:24 PM

    Hello Tamara! I don't know why, but I've loved the Nautilus creature since I first heard about it - maybe because it is both beautiful and distant, maybe also because it reminds me of Jules Verne's "20000 Leagues Under the Sea"!

    And thank you Rael for yet another thoughtful post that brings together those two wonderful worlds of Middle Earth and everyday life!