(20 Sep 2012 – So many golden memories
of my maternal grandparents stay with me.
These memories seem just as fresh now in my mind and heart albeit they are
from over 50 years ago. Below are some
shared memories of those years. Moreover,
I've also added a poem and rulebook that I found on the Internet about
Clotheslines -- that I was delighted with and hope you enjoy! Submitted by: Dorothy Hazel Tarr.)
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A clothesline 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 on the line;
You'd see the company table clothes
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 raised their brows, and looked
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!
12 GUIDE RULES for CLOTHESLINES
(If you don’t even know what clotheslines are, better skip this).
1. You had to hang the socks by the toes…..NOT the top.
2. You hung pants by the bottom/cuffs….NOT the waistbands.
3. You had to wash the clothesline before hanging any clothes – walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the line.
4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always have “whites” with “whites” and hang them first.
5. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders – always by the tail! What would the neighbors think?
6. Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend, or on Sunday, for Heaven’s Sake!
7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your “unmentionables” in the middle (perverts and busy bodies y’know!)
8. It didn’t matter if it was sub-zero weather….clothes would “freeze-dry”.
9. Always gather the clothespins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were “tacky”.
10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothespins, but shared one of the clothespins with the next washed item.
11. Clothes off of the line before dinnertime, neatly folded in the clothesbasket, and ready to be ironed.
12. IRONED???!!!, WELL, THAT”S A WHOLE OTHER STORY!
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