No, I was not given an iron as a presemt. but since my leg breaking accident, things are changing at home. Basically ironing is my department, and no problem. I have the routine and manage half an hour at the job about once a week, no big deal. Now and again Mr. Swiss does a few things, it is not magic and he manages quite well, but he also has his problems as his back no longer manages so well.
I can do absolutely nothing in my present condition and so by a unanimous decision, the time has come for No. 1 son to learn the workings of ironing. No.2 son moved out many years ago, is now married with his own small family, and began to iron some years ago. I believe he had a household help in his days as a batchelor, but he knew how to do it.
Today is the day of the inauguration. The ironing board has been set up and No. 1 son is on his way to becoming a professional ironer. He manages very well, following instructions from Mr Swiss and myself. He is now at the bed linen and no complaints about back ache, he has everything under control. I noticed that Mr. Swiss and I have different ideas on how to iron a duvet, although the result is the same. My method is a little quicker, if I may say say so.
This is a present to all of us. When I am back in action I will take over my daily chores again, but it is always good when you have an extra pair of ironing hands to help. I am sitting in a corner in the same room watching the progress with orders from Mr. Swiss not to intervene. They are now on the point of turning the duvet cover. I can see a small problem, but my lips are sealed. In 50 years No 1 son will also have the solution to the problem.