spare parts

Growing up, my family’s washing machine, dryer, and refrigerator were all “harvest gold.” They were bought before I was born, withstood three moves, and were even repaired a couple of times before my parents splurged and bought new ones a few years after I moved out. The new ones are white. Last week the washing machine in my apartment stopped working. It looks about 5 years old. The repair people came and fixed it, but it broke again a few days later. Two days ago a new one was delivered and is working fine.
Recently, upon taking out the trash, I noticed the old (5 year-old) washing machine in the dumpster, taking up space. It could have been fixed. It could have easily been fixed. It could have been sent to China for spare parts or to pollute their landfills. It seems like it could have gone somewhere else.

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