Mother's Chores for Saturday

Remembrances of my childhood...

Life is certainly easier today than it was; say just 50 - 60 years ago.  To help with the many chores around the house, mothers and home makers would organize the essential tasks according to the days of the week, thereby always staying abreast of the dreaded phrase, ‘what’s next’.

Saturdays were for shopping or going to the market.  Before we got our first car we had to take the bus or walk to town which was a mile and a half or two miles but we would always ride the bus back so the meats wouldn’t spoil.  Mom did the majority of her shopping at the Mick or Mack market but while she was doing that dad and I would go across the street to the A&P.  They called it a super market because it was the largest grocery store in town.  That is where they had Eight O’Clock coffee.  Mom and dad said they like it best, but the Mick or Mack didn’t carry that brand.   Of course after we got our car we didn’t have to ride the bus to market on Saturdays and after mom got her license she even re-arranged her whole work week. 

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I got to clean the white side-walled tires

After we got the car everything during the week seemed to shift.  On Saturdays we could stop having to looking out the window to see if the bus was finally coming, we were all happy about that.  Mom sorta left Saturdays open for essential things or last minute activities like running us boys to town or over to a friend’s house.  But no matter the importance of the trip or the activity it came second to ‘wash the car day’ and after the day warmed up enough you could always see the Bralley kids helping their mom wash that new car.  While we boys soaped and rinse the outside, I got to clean the white side-walled tires, mom and Peggy were cleaning the interior with a whisk broom and the vacuum cleaner and wiping the dash board and instrument panel with a damp cloth.

just call me when it’s time to eat

Sometimes mom would bake on Saturdays too or make a last minute banana pudding for dessert after Sunday dinner.  Dad told us some people were starting to call the evening meal dinner and I thought that meant they didn’t eat anything between breakfast and supper, but he said the people were calling supper, dinner and dinner, lunch because they didn’t have time to eat as much.  I remember making the comment that I didn’t care what you called it; just call me when it’s time to eat.

we needed to read our lesson for Sunday school

No matter what we did on Saturdays mom told us we needed to read our lesson for Sunday school the next morning and no one could stay out past 10 o’clock because we needed to get out baths to be clean for church next day.  I always took my bath early in the day after helping to wash the car, because as a 7 or 8 year old I didn’t have anything to keep me up much less out until 10.

© SamSonS

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daydreamer13 6 years ago

Sounds wonderful!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks daydreamer13 for your rapid responses...


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

In most of my friends' homes while I was growing up, Saturday was clean-house-day. Dusting, vacuuming, polishing furniture. But in my house it was escape day...my single working mom used Saturday to take me to the beach or to NYC or to anyplace adventurous. It was her escape day, and I was a happy participant, feeling only a little guilty that my friends were chained to washing dining room furniture.

I'm really enjoying this series of yours, looking for parallels in my life, sometimes finding them and sometimes not.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks again Sally as I have enjoyed having you visit. If you wish you can join my circle of friends and maybe find more inspiration for your hubs. You are most gracious with your comments...


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

My Saturday task was to make sure that every member of the family had a shiny pair of shoes to wear for Sunday going to church. Dad wouldn't let us kids do anything with his baby the car.

Brother Dave.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Dave for sharing your reminisce with me...


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

It is funny that so many cars got washed on Saturdays. Guess it makes sense. During the summertime after we were old enough to help, grass mowing, weeding and watering the yard became part of our chores on Saturdays.

We kids always liked the snow in the winter (while living in Wisconsin). No yardwork! Haha!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Peggy W for sharing your reminisce of your childhood...


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I am from the North and we shopped at the A&P and my parents always drank Eight O'clock coffee. We were all girls so, our chores was vacuuming and polishing the furniture. Ah, the good old days, when kids had responsibilities.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you 2besure for sharing your reminisce and your nice comments. Yes, those were the good ole days...

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