Friday, May 1, 2009

The Clothes Line - Laundry Day

The Clothes Line

Do young people today even know what a clothes line is?
For all of those 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 so that the clean, wet, clothes will not get dirty.

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 had to remain clean for the next use.

8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes 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 (city-bred)

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.
Author unknown

I received this as an e-mail message and found myself reminiscing -
how about you? :-)
Actually, I do still hang my clothes out to dry (weather permitting) and now that I think of it I should encourage all readers to do so rather than use the dryer - definitely is a way to conserve energy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excellent! Brought back some memories too. I had a good laugh at the comment about ironing! Maggie