Baby Blue

So, I just have to tell you about the baby blue vacuum. I don’t know how many decades ago my mother bought this little gem, but it has been around for quite some time. I have never used it before, but when a pipe leaked a year or so ago, things got moved to other rooms so the walls could dry up, etc. A light weight ( it could be mistaken for a toy ), upright, cheap, blue plastic model sat where the old, heavy duty canister used to reside in the utility room of mom’s house. I grabbed it.

Vacuum manufacturers used to make really short cords. I mean really short cords. To vacuum the living room with Baby Blue, I used a plug-in in the hallway at one end, and unplugged the tv that isn’t working anyway for the other end. The living room is only eighteen feet long. I spent more time plugging and unplugging than actually vacuuming the house. What really took the longest though, was changing the bag. No one knew how to do it. I took the bottom end apart, but it turns out I should have taken the top end apart. Funny how those things that come apart easily – won’t go back together at all. I had to find a screwdriver and take apart the middle in order to get the bottom back together.

There should be a law about keeping instructions, or at least knowing how something works before you throw the instructions away. Maybe someone else knew at some point, but at least I know now, and I got it all back together. The silver lining to taking it all apart is that now the insides of it are also clean. Of course, that doesn’t mean it works well, but the clean bag was half full when I finished, so it does work – somewhat, despite its color.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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1 Response to Baby Blue

  1. dect6145 says:

    Smiling….sounds like my mom’s old Electrolux…and I mean old.

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