Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Death of the Clothesline

My mom and I were having a good laugh about the dogs in our past and the crazy little pranks they pulled to drive us crazy.  She was telling me about one of the many dogs of her youth that loved pulling the laundry off the clothesline and scattering them all over the yard.  Hilarious now, but I'm sure not so funny back in the day for my grandmother, who had to gather them up and start all over again.

My thoughts were taken back to the days of my youth, where one of my jobs was hanging the laundry out on the clothesline.  While many homes enjoyed the convenience of having a clothes dryer, we didn't.  My dad did not embrace new technology and he held on to the conventional ways of doing things.  Poor mama didn't have a microwave oven until after daddy died.

Anyway, the job of hanging out the laundry to dry and bring them back in was mine . . . one that I was not fond of.  It was a particularly frustrating job here in Florida during the summertime, when we get the afternoon storms like clockwork.  Procrastination meant more work when the storm hit before the clothes came in.

It is amazing how something that was so much a part of every housewife's  life has just disappeared from life as we knew it.  The clothesline just died in our society . . . or I am assuming that it has. 

Now that I think of it, I have a new found gratefulness and appreciation for my trusty clothes dryer.

The poles that housed the clothesline at my house now hold up plant trellises.  As a working young adult, I had no time or desire to hang the clothes out to dry.  Taking the clothesline apart was one of the first things I wanted to do when we bought this house.

I'm also grateful that I was born after the death of the washboard . . . what a workout that must have been!


Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

I use a clothesline whenever I can. :)

Gina Alfani said...

:)))) You are a better woman than I am!

Catherine said...

Dear Gina, I remember my mom teaching me how to how the clothes so that they dried properly. I also remember in the winter how the towels came in like a board.
I recently didn't have a dryer for a few years and just got one last year. I just am so appreciative of it. Blessings dear, Catherine xoxo

Joyce Lansky said...

We had a dryer but on a nice day, my mom used to hang the clothes outside because she likes the smell of air dried clothes.

Gina Alfani said...

The weather in Florida made it so difficult to deal with hanging clothes outside although I must agree there is nothing like the smell of air dried clothes.

Catherine . . . can't imagine having to deal with stiff, frosty clothes!

kellen said...

a clothesline works fine for me but i'd really like a drier for those cold months

Cheyanna West said...

Those were the days! We lived in a small town on the coast of Washington state so the wind was always blowing. When a sou'wester would blow in the sheets would billow like a sail! Hanging out the wash are happy memories for me. There were times as a mom I even hung laundry for a family of eight! My line was never empty! LOL

Gina Alfani said...

Happy memories Cheyanna!!! Thanks for sharing :)))


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