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The clothes line


Last Edited: July 19, 2008, 11:47 am

Came in email.  Am old enough to remember the clothes line .... dry clothes feeling like sandpaper grit on cardboard occasionally decorated with "bird art."  Crying


 *The clothes line....a dead give away.  Do the kids today even know
    what  a clothes line is?*

    *For all of us who are older, this will bring back the memories.*


    *  1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes.*
    *  Walk the length of each line with a damp cloth around the line.*

    *  2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order and always hang*
    * whites with whites and hang them first.*

    *  3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders, always by the tail.*
    *  What would the neighbors think?*

    *  4.  Wash day on a Monday...........never hang clothes on the
    weekend or Sunday for heaven's sake!*

    *  5.  Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could
    hide your 'unmentionables' in the middle.*

    *  6.  It didn't matter if it was sub zero
    weather.............clothes would 'freeze dry.'  *

    *  7.  Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes.
    Pins left on the line was 'tacky'.*

    *  8.  If you were efficient, you would line the clot hes up so that
    each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the
    clothes pins with the next washed item.*

    * 9.  Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in
    the clothes basket and ready to be ironed.*

    *10.   IRONED??????????    Well, that's a whole other subject.*

    **A POEM**

    *  A clothes line was a news forecast*

    *  To neighbors passing by.*

    *  There were no secrets you could keep*

    *  When clothes were hung to dry.*

      It also was a friendly link

    *  For neighbors always knew*

    *  If company had stopped on by*

    *  To spend a night or two.*

    *  For then you'd see the "fancy sheets"*

    *  And towels upon the line;*

    *  You'd see the "company table cloths"*

    *  With intricate design.*

    *  The line announced a baby's birth*

    *  To folks who lived inside*

    *  As brand new infant clothes were hung*

    *  So carefully with pride.*

    *  The ages of the children could*

    *  So readily be known*

    *  By watching how the sizes changed*

    *  You'd know how much they'd grown.*

    *  It also told when illness struck,*

    *  As extra sheets were hung;*

    *  Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,*

    *  Haphazardly were strung.*

    *  It said, "Gone on vacation now"*

    *  When lines hung limp and bare.*

    *  It told, "We're back!" when full lines **_sagged_*

    *  With not an inch to spare.*

    *  New folks in town were scorned upon*

    *  If wash was dingy gray,*

    *  As neighbors carefully raised their brows,*

    *  And looked the other way..*

    *  But clotheslines now are of the past*

    *  For dryers make work less.*

    *  Now what goes on inside a home*

    *  Is anybody's guess.*

    *  I really miss that way of life.*

    *  It was a friendly sign*

    *  When neighbors knew each other best*

    *  By what hung on the line!*
Entry #842


time*treatComment by time*treat - July 19, 2008, 11:55 am
Haha, "bird art". I'm glad to have a dryer :-)
konaneComment by konane - July 19, 2008, 12:00 pm
Thanks Time*treat!   Dryer is one of my top 5 favorite inventions!
emilygComment by emilyg - July 19, 2008, 1:46 pm
Thanks K.
Comment by Gentlespirit - July 19, 2008, 1:46 pm
I remember the clothes line...I'll still put a rug or two outside...but I'm darn glad the dryer was invented!!! ...And thanks Konane for that post...it was enjoyable to read. I think that us folks who can remember the clothes line can truly understand and enjoy your post!!! :)
konaneComment by konane - July 19, 2008, 2:11 pm
Thanks Em!!! Thanks Gentlespirit!!! Pretty sure many are going to try clothes lines to be eco-friendly but bet they'll come to the same conclusion as us.
jarasanComment by jarasan - July 19, 2008, 9:53 pm
In these parts it is cheaper to run the dryer at night!
konaneComment by konane - July 20, 2008, 6:49 am
Thanks Jarasan!

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