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Mondays was Wash Day
that's just the way it was...
When I was growing up, Monday was wash day! My momma always washed clothes on Monday. I even wrote a Hub about it last year. But in addition to washing our clothes, she also had to put them all on the line to dry and every day was not also a sunny day, which leads to this Hub. Recently I was with a friend of mine shopping for a new washer and dryer as a surprise for his wife. I just made comment on how things had changed over the years and once again remembered that Monday was Wash Day. He just chuckled a little and said, "Every day is wash day it seems." I agreed, things have definitely changed over the years, but I told him when I was a little boy my mother always did the family washing on Mondays. He said he hadn't noticed that much when he was growing up, but I surely did.
Did your mom have a certain day to do the family wash?
"there's a right way..."
I remarked, "mom always did the washing on Monday and we always had dried beans that day." I told him how mom used to wash the clothes by hand at first and used a washboard on the really soiled things like jeans. After that, dad bought mom, a Maytag with a ringer on it that seemed to free up a bit more time. After the basement was dugout and poured under the house, he purchased mom's first Westinghouse washer and dryer. Mom said that was a big help, but she still didn't like to use the dryer so much. She was just used to hanging the family wash on the line to dry. While the clothes were washing, she could go out and wipe the clothes line down to get it ready for the washing. She was particular as she hung the clothes on the line and even said, ‘there's a right way and a wrong way to do everything.’ As she would carry the clothes basket, I usually followed carrying the bag with the clothes pins.
the clothes smelled fresher...
She even had a certain way to place the clothes in the basket, the heavy things were placed first like the sheets and the jeans and the lighter things were placed on top. She hung the lighter things on the inside lines and the jeans and sheets she always hung on the outside lines. My mom was very meticulous that way. It didn't matter what the weather was like she always did the wash on Mondays, rain or shine. If she couldn’t hang the clothes out on the line because of the bad weather, she would string up a line to use in the two back rooms. I recall we had to walk around carefully if the clothes were hung inside, she didn't want to have to washing anything a second time that week. In between the washing and hanging of clothes mom would check on the beans and add water if needed. It was amazing to me to see how well she managed things.
the rule of thumb...
Like I said before, there was an order about how she did things. She always hung our undergarments on the inside lines, then the shirts and trousers with the bed clothes on the outside lines. That didn't make much sense to a little boy, but I've since seen something online that explains this all very well. I don't know who wrote it originally, I've never seen where anyone ever received credit for it, it goes like this:
Checkout this link: http://spunfull.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/remembering-moms-clothesline/
Like I say, I don't know who to give credit to for this, but it sure brought back memories when I first read it and probably will to many of you...
© 2012 SamSonS