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.
Did your mom do her shopping on Saturdays?
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.