Delivery mistake creates wrinkle for surprise clothes-drying gift

Going to share a Christmas story from 1964. I need to premise this story with the following: As a boy growing up in the 1940s and ’50s in the great Northwest, clothes drying was a major task in the household. I grew up with a Maytag ringer washing machine. It filled with a hose from the faucet and drained with another hose, either out to the yard or to the laundry tub.

The washing machine was a round tub, agitator with four legs with wheels, and the ringer was attached to the side . . .