What’s Your Super Power?

Many skills mastered by others fill me with awe. Juggling, applying flawless nail polish, turning a quadruple back flip, walking the Appalachian Trail—my life will never include those skills.

But by God I can fold a fitted sheet.  Not only can I, I then package each set in a neat package, and store them in my linen closet ready to go.

Take that, Simone Biles.

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  1. Angie on July 3, 2021 at 11:52 am

    Thanks to Myrtle Miles at Miles Court in Holly, Colorado (circa 1979) I can also fold a fitted sheet. Wish I had that cylindrical press she had to make them really perfectly folded.

    • Laurie King on July 3, 2021 at 12:37 pm

      Yes, mine only look good from the outside, the sheets themselves can be a little wrinkly..

  2. Michelle from Texas on July 3, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    My superpower-collecting ALL the craft things.

  3. Marsha on July 3, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    My teen boyfriend’s mom taught me the easiest way to fold fitted sheets. But my superpower is calming crying babies.

    • Laurie King on July 3, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      Now THAT is a valuable skill.

  4. LaDonna Weber on July 3, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Share the packaging secret … I can fold a fitted sheet like a pro (although we can’t have a king size bed because my arms aren’t long enough) but the “neat package” intrigues me.

    • Laurie King on July 3, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Fold the fitted sheet into a square, fold and add the pillow cases, fold the flat sheet into quarters then into a long, narrow rectangle, lay the other bits onto it and fold over so everything is inside the flat sheet.

      • Karen McCarthy on July 3, 2021 at 10:27 pm

        I stuff everything into one of the pillowcases.

      • La Donna on July 4, 2021 at 5:50 pm

        Aha, I’ll try that … something else to drive the family nuts. For some of them it will be a short trio. After 41 years of marriage and 21 houses my husband just realized that the way towels get folded depends on the linen closet in that particular house.

  5. Stephanie Johnson on July 3, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Teach me your ways! I even spent summers on a housekeeping crew at my college and can barely manage a fitted sheet. 🤦‍♀️

    • Laurie King on July 3, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      Feed the four pockets together, lay the sheet flat, fold down the side edges to make a rectangle and fold it up. Easy, right?

  6. Mary Garrett on July 3, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    A friend puts sheet sets into one of the matching pillowcases to keep them together.

    • Laurie King on July 3, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      That’s a good method too.

  7. Brenda on July 3, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    I can fold a fitted sheet, too!! I’ve never understood why it’s such a struggle for some.

  8. Evelyn Thompson on July 3, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    I married the man I did because he could fold a fitted sheet. (He does have other sterling qualities, but this was a big deal!)

  9. Kathy on July 3, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    my super power is making hard boiled eggs that actually peel easily.

  10. Margaret on July 4, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    You make it sound so simple. I watched Martha Stewart demonstrating & as capable as I think I am…I couldn’t follow her instructions. When I got tired of folding (attempting to) everyone’s linens, I put little tags on the shelves:
    sheets/ pillow cases/ beach towels/ washcloths/ etc. Now the only one w/ actual discernible stacks says: “Margaret’s.”

  11. George S. Whitten, Sr. on July 9, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Yes. My youngest daughter can do it too — a king size, and by herself. I’ve told her that 500 years ago she would have been burned as a witch.

    • Laurie King on July 9, 2021 at 10:15 am

      Or she might be successful as a sleight-of-hand magician…or pickpocket.

  12. Lisa Michelle Epperson on July 13, 2021 at 7:38 am

    My superpower is finding great books! I was at a thrift shop years ago and opened a book, read the first paragraph and was instantly a fan! The Beekeeper’s Apprentice hooked me immediately and I have since read all of your delicious Mary Russell books. Thank you for the history lessons, the feelings of intimate knowledge of the characters and the great words. I love words. I anxiously awaite the next adventure! Truly, Lisa

    • Laurie King on July 13, 2021 at 11:30 am

      That’s right up there with finding a parking place!

  13. Craig on August 25, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    My superpower is not being found after my mother middle-named me. My kids think its funny, but they can’t find me either.

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