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the Ole Kitchen Sink
Remembrances of my childhood…
I even remember getting a bath there
I can still see that ole kitchen sink in my mind’s eye; our only source for water in our little house when I was growing up. Water for washing our cloths, our dishes and ourselves was all obtained from that one single faucet. Just one single bowl, nothing fancy, like I said it was just a source for water. Mom washed off the vegetables there, washed some of our clothes there, childhood scrapes and abrasions were wash off there, we brushed our teeth there, washed our hands there and I even remember my mother giving me a bath there, though I hated it. A water heater wouldn’t come along until after we finally remodeled, moving that old kitchen to the back of the house some years later.
water was heated on the old wood stove and added as needed
We didn’t have a washing machine for our clothes either at first and I remember my mom washing our clothes by hand on an old scrub board in an old galvanized wash tub. That old tub also doubled as the family bath tub until we had a bathtub built-in during the remodeling project I mentioned earlier. The old wash tub would be filled with water from the kitchen sink while a pan was heated on the old wood stove and added as needed. I mentioned in an earlier hub that dad had said, “We was as poor as Job’s turkey” and I’m sure my mom and dad had to cut many corners in that little house while trying to raise us kids. I remember them even showing me rationing stamps left over after WWII but as a child I can’t say I remember the actual severity of the times.
if it couldn’t be canned, pickled or made into jelly, it was eaten
During late summer and through the fall of each year, at harvest time you could find corn, tomatoes, potatoes, turnips, various greens, apples, cherries and I’m sure I’ve missed mentioning some... All sorts of fruits and vegetables; if it couldn’t be canned, pickled or made into jelly, it was eaten soon after harvest. We just had a little icebox at first so we couldn’t freeze anything. It had to be ‘hot packed’ like tomatoes or canned like corn and beans. Turnips, apples and potatoes would keep into the winter and some through the winter by placing them on the bare floor in the basement. Even green tomatoes could be kept and would even ripen some if rolled individually in old newspaper and stored in the basement. Jams and Jellies and the canned goods could also be stored in the basement or cellar until ready for use, and then brought to that ole kitchen sink, washed, opened and readied for cooking or the table.
mom’s new toy...
You can see that ole kitchen sink was a hub for all sorts of different activities, even though that little old spigot just brought forth cold water. A number of years later that old kitchen was converted into a bedroom for my older sister, Peggy and a new modern kitchen was built on the back of that little old house along with a large back porch. That new kitchen had a refrigerator, with a freezer, cabinets and a bar with a built-in twin bowl sink with a spigot that swivels right to left. Mom could finally wash and rinse the dishes in the same sink and at the same time. The new sink even had a sprayer, but mom said it didn’t get all the soap off the dishes so she didn’t use it. Each dish or utensil had to be completely submerged and hand rubbed to remove all the suds in the other side of that new sink. Hey, this was mom’s new toy and she knew how she wanted you to ‘play’ while working at her new sink…
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