Day dreaming

We were wondering why things had to change when
they seemed to work so well at the time. Take
rotary dial phones for instance. They worked fine
and I don’t remember anyone claiming they wanted
buttons to push instead.

Black and white TV used to be the norm in the days
of Sky King, Gene Autry, Andy Griffith, the
Untouchables, and Real McCoy’s. We used to marvel
at the clarity and how life-like the programming
was. No color, no cussing, and no mention of sex.
It was a family event.

We ended up talking about clotheslines. They used
to be in every back yard and now you hardly see
them anymore. So we thought we’d share this video
and poem with you while we walk down memory lane.

A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by,
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you’d see the “fancy sheets”
And towels upon the line;
You’d see the “company table cloths”
With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby’s birth
From folks who lived inside –
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed
You’d know how much they’d grown!

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, “Gone on vacation now”
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, “We’re back!” when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare!

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and grey,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way .. . .

But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody’s guess!

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line.
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If you’re old enough to remember we know you’re
smiling. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.
Comments are always welcome.

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8 Responses to Day dreaming

  1. gh0stpupp3t says:

    Oh gods rotary phones! LOL Now I feel REALLY old… 😛

  2. ekurie says:

    Things hung on the line smelled and felt cleaner too

  3. Linda Savage says:

    I remember bringing the laundry off the clothesline frozen solid in the winter and having to use the mangle to warm them up so they could be properly ironed.

    Who remembers party lines?

  4. cruisin2 says:

    gh0stpupp3t,
    we still have one. I’m going to clean it up and put it in my office.

    ekurie,
    they seemed softer too.

    Linda Savage,
    the frozen laundry was harder to fold. We had a party line on the farm for quite a while.

  5. Pat says:

    A friend of mine has an old rotary phone and still uses it. One of his friends who is a phone company repairman modernized the internals to keep it going.

  6. cruisin2 says:

    Pat,
    sounds like they have fun. Some kids wouldn’t even know what it is.

  7. Grumpa Joe says:

    I hung the wash for Mom many times. Solar power is what she used as her drier.

  8. cruisin2 says:

    Grumpa Joe,
    clothes smelled better when they were hung out. I don’t know if our
    air today would be so kind to the wash.

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