We’ve Come a Long Way Baby: The 6 Things I Didn’t Know About Towels

Recently I wrote a post about financial distress and living paycheck to paycheck. About a week later a kind hearted soul sent me towels in the mail anonymously. I have since discovered my wonderful benefactor and thanked her for the thoughtful gesture. I am still amazed and thankful, not so much for the towels, but the fact that anyone, especially someone I haven’t seen in about 15 years, would feel compelled to send me towels. It was so freaking cool, I still can’t get over it. Those are the kind of people I want in my life, not because they buy me things, but because she cared, she really stinking cared.

It has been a long time, or a coons age (as the husband would say), since I have had new towels. I wasn’t kidding when I said the ones we use are from my childhood- note the comparison photo above of old vs. new (circa 1984, and yes I know that towel is older than many of you). So there were some surprises when I opened the new pack of towels and introduced them to the family and our regular routine of showering and washing.

Here are the 6 things I didn’t know about towels.:

  1. Towels are soft. No really. I’m not joking. Apparently, towels are soft. When you buy new towels they are supposed to be soft to the touch and delicate on your skin. I had no idea.
  2. Towels are absorbent. That may seem obvious to you, but I can tell you from direct experience that towels that are 30 years old are not. The best way to get dry with a towel you can see through is to rub it fiercely over your skin until the water runs off of you in fear. Because if you try to just put the towel over it and hope it will absorb, I swear you can hear the towel laughing at you. That all you got woman! (yes, my towels are from the hood)
  3. Towels are thick. Like seriously thick, like you may only need one towel to dry of a two year old thick! No more will I be reaching in the cupboard for a second thin see through towel to dry of a creature that weighs less than 25 pounds. No, No, mama got new towels up in here! (ok, the towel’s ghetto-ness has rubbed off on me a little).
  4. Towels are not supposed to be see through. This one is news to me, but I see it is actually a trend amongst towels. It would seem that the popular towels are indeed not see through. Huh… I’m still shaking my head on this one. I don’t know if this has always been the trend and my survivor towels used to be less translucent, or if this is a new trend in towels that all the kids think is cool.  Are there trends for towels? I mean next year will holey towels be all the rage? If so, I might finally be cool.
  5. Towels will clog your dryer with lint. Its funny I had almost forgotten why people have a lint trap in their dryers or why one would even need one. I mean, sure we have one, sure I empty it, but with 5 dogs and two toddlers, the only thing in our trap is dog hair and random stickers. Imagine my surprise when I washed the towels for the first time and they filled the trap with some much towel lint it was like getting another towel for free by surprise. Buy 6 towels get the 7th free when you wash. It should be on the package. Seriously, I bet more of you would buy a set of towels that claim a free one magically appears when you wash them.
  6. Adults love new towels, kids still like towels with holes in them. I’ll have to say I’m not really surprised by this one, but it was the first time I could do an actual side by side comparison. It would seem, after exhaustive research, that 2 out of 2 toddlers will still choose a see through towel with holes in it, over a new soft, absorbent, warm towel.


I’ve felt so fancy this week with my new towels. It’s like I’m staying at Buckingham Palace but I don’t have to worry about any stuffy Brits telling me I can’t walk around half naked. I’m excited to see how the other half lives, I mean seriously you can’t tease a girl with new towels and leave her with holey socks… I’m just saying… hint hint… ;)

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