The Clothes Line

United States
April 11, 2008 2:46pm CST
Do you remember? The clothes line.... a dead give away. Do the kids today even know what a clothes line is? For all of us who are older, this will bring back the memories. THE BASIC RULES 1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes. Walk the length of each line with a damp cloth around the line. 2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order and always hang whites with whites and hang them first. 3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders, always by the tail. What would the neighbors think? 4. Wash day on a Monday........... never hang clothes on the weekend or Sunday for heaven's sake! 5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your 'unmentionables' in the middle. 6. It didn't matter if it was sub zero weather..... clothes would 'freeze dry.' 7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes. Pins left on the line was 'tacky'. 8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item. 9. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket and ready to be ironed. 10. IRONED?????????? Well, that's a whole other subject. A POEM A clothes line 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 design. The line announced a baby's birth To 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 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 gray, As neighbors carefully raised their brows, And looked the other way. But clotheslines now are of the past For dryers make work 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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• United States
11 Apr 08
What an interesting post. I received this via email a few days ago also and it sure made me think. I love the smell of fresh dried clothes on a clothes line,dont you? And it is true, you had to hang the clothes a certain way and like things together. Thanks for reminding us of a wonderful and more simple way of life.
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• United States
11 Apr 08
and thank you for the responce
@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Thank you for these reminders. I do, when I can, hang the sheets and covers outside. Now I have health issues and I can't do that. One time, when I lived in a bad area, I had my clothes hung out and had to do to the store and came back and all of the clothes were gone! Never hubg clothes when I lived there again.
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• United States
11 Apr 08
if I had to hang clothes where i live now id need mountain climbing gear to do so !
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
11 Apr 08
yes, i wish we could use a clothesline to dry clothes because it is more environmentally friendly and better than using a dryer...but guess what? our city fathers think that a clothes line looks ugly and have passed a by-law against having one! boo to them!!!!
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• United States
11 Apr 08
yeah but i bet everyone of them claim to be envirenmentaly friendly