A Brisbane woman has been found in possession of one of the last existing clothes irons in Australia.
Oblivious to the fact that the rest of Australia gave up ironing a decade ago, Renee Wilson took to social media last Sunday to air her grievances on the mundanity of this dated household chore, only to find she is one of the few people left in the country to own an iron.
In a trauma counselling session, Renee admitted she was shocked and appalled when the anti-ironing responses came flooding in on her Facebook page.
‘When the first person told me she never ironed, I thought she was having me on. I mean, who doesn’t iron?’ Ms Wilson said.
‘But within seconds I was inundated with responses from people claiming they don’t iron either.
‘Ping, ping, ping … my phone was going off with responses coming in thick and fast, while I attempted to come to grips with what I was hearing.
‘I was horrified to learn how few people iron.
‘Some people don’t even own an iron.
‘Jesus wept. Some kids don’t even know what an iron is.’
Twenty-four hours after the social media fallout, Renee was found at her workplace questioning her colleagues on their ironing habits unwilling to believe that ironing has in fact become a lost art.
‘Are people walking around in crumpled clothes?’ she questioned.
‘Don’t they feel untidy and half dressed?
‘I love permanent press fabric as much as the next person, but what about business shirts and cotton dresses?
‘C’mon people. We all know you can’t get away without ironing cotton.’
Despite grappling with today’s views on ironing, Renee has reluctantly agreed to cut down on the amount of ironing she does per week by no longer ironing her kids’ shorts for daycare and if she’s feeling rebellious she has agreed to occasionally not iron the t shirts she wears around the house.
She has refused to relinquish her iron however and is said to be working underground on a Bring back the iron campaign.
Tell me I’m not a dying breed, do you iron your clothes?
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