Mother's Chores for Wednesday

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’.

Now Wednesday was reserved for mending.  Generally we think of mending the clothes and she did that but if something else needed mending, she would try to tackle that also.  With three boys and a daughter there were generally a lot of things around the house that needed mending each week.  Mom usually had something in mind when she placed that piece of clothing in the mending basket the day before as she ironed so she would begin by gathered her sewing basket and the things that needed some kind of repair and after sending the older kids off to school she would then sit down on the back porch in the summertime or in the boys bedroom /den if the weather was too cool or windy and start mending one piece after the other.

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she might mend a cabinet door or hang a picture...

She liked to sit where she could get the best light on her hands then she would thread her needle with the appropriate color thread and begin.  Mending those with torn material first in the shirts and skirts and if buttons needed to be replaced she would let me look through the button jars for a ‘look a-like’ or similar button.  If the mending required using the sewing machine she would set that piece aside until she finished with all the mending by hand rather than jumping back and forth.  Mom had a system and she stuck to it.  After all the repairs she needed to iron the pieces she had repaired and place them in the right drawer again ready for use.  Mom also liked to crochet and embroider and was very patient in teaching me how to hold the needles and material in my little hands as she taught me.  Sometimes after mending the clothing she might mend a cabinet door or hang a picture or repair the front gate that was broken and if she had time she might work on a new dress pattern for herself or Peggy or a shirt she might be working on for one of us boys.  There was always something left that she could work on if she just happened to get caught up with the regular mending.  

that old sewing machine she used is right upstairs

Dad had converted her old treadle sewing machine into an electric when I was a baby and mom knew just what she was doing with that old model 1935 Singer. She made most of our clothes when we kids were younger. As my sister then us boys grew up and left home to start our own families mom would busy herself with making the little dresses and shirts for her grandchildren and in a few cases even her great grandchildren as long as she could and yes, I still crochet and cross stitch and that old sewing machine she used is right upstairs beside the new one I bought, that embroiders.


© 2010 SamSonS

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daydreamer13 6 years ago

Believe it or not, I have a sewing machine like that!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you daydreamer13 for your comments...


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I'm very much enjoying your "chores" series. Your words are bringing back memories of a time when, indeed, we didn't have to ask, "What's next?" The day of the week told us so.

I wonder if you remember the Prince spaghetti ads on radio and TV during the 50s? The lyrics started out with "Wednesday is Prince day, up and down the street..."

Although we didn't eat spaghetti on Wednesdays, necessarily, I think a lot of people did.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Sally for finding me and also for your gracious remarks. Sorry I don't remember the spaghetti ads, probably just missed them. We didn't have TV until the middle '50 and it was all local programing at first...

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