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Drenched in sunshine: Drying clothes before the age of the dryerPosted Thursday, August 11, 2011, at 10:45 AM
By ELLIE BUTTERFIELD
Long before the clothes dryer or hanging laundry on basement lines my Grandma and Mother hung the clothes on a clothes line. They wore a clothes pin apron.
Every Monday, they washed the clothes in a wringer washer in the basement. First, it was filled with hot water to wash all the white linens, then the rest of the laundry.
They would put them in the laundry basket, take it outside to the clothesline that Grandpa strung up and one by one, would hang out the bed linens, the tea towels, the bath towels and personal items to hang them in the sunshine to dry.
Now I know all of you have slept on bed linens dried in the sunshine and slept that peaceful sleep.
Tuesday was ironing day. The sun filled laundry was sprinkled down, a towel put over it to keep it damp. It was a basket fuilled with sprinkled down sunshine.
Next you set up the ironing board, plug in the iron. Every peice of clothes your ironed holds a memory.
Your husbands shirts knowing he works hard for the family. Your 6-year-old son's shirt wanting to make sure it is properly pressed for him to go to first grade.
The table cloth you set the table with good food your family likes and is nourished by.
The pillow slips you rest your head on after a busy day that takes you to dreamland.
All these years later I still have my Grandma's clothes pin apron, and yes, I stil hang the laundry out to dry.
And, yes, the bed linens still smell of sunshine and peaceful dreams.
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