I got a Facebook posting the other day that asked what did you have inside or outside your house that you don’t see any more?
The answers were certainly of my era! As I read the very long list of responses, I was continually nodding my head in agreement, even smiling or laughing out loud.
The question put me back in the 1940’s and 50’s. Yes, I’m that old and can remember the old chicken coop, the slanted basement door, the entire backyard as a garden, the Singer pedal sewing machine, the octopus-looking coal furnace, the wringer washing machine and wash tubs. It was like a movie running in my brain.
The responses were the same as I remembered. At an age, we pretty much experienced the same things in our lives. Reading them all put me in a neighborly state of mind. They did what I did. And it’s a good memory for them like it was for me. We were the same inside!
I remember a bathroom without a sink, the dirt floor room in the basement full of canning jars filled to the brim. No long counters in the kitchen. Lace curtain stretchers.
I’ll never forget the truck dumping the coal into the bin in the basement through a small window that folded up.
So many Facebook people mentioned hanging clothes outside to dry. We used to hang the rugs on the clothes line and beat the dust out of them. I developed a good baseball swing with that task.
Sprinkling clothes before ironing them was big too. Some put rolled up items in the frig to keep for the next day. I never did that . I just stopped sprinkling and the basket was never empty.
One thing that doesn’t get time anymore is laying on the floor listening to the radio shows.
Guys mentioned the push mowers. We’re motorized now and they aren’t seen in the neighborhood. We kids took turns pushing that heavy thing across our front yard. It got easier as we got older.
No air conditioner and a fan that clanked. That was our summer scenario. Galvanized tubs filled with water were our swimming pool.
It was a fun morning reminiscing. If I made a list of all the things that aren’t being done today, it would be a long one. But we all like to remember the “olden days.”
Make your list today. You’ll find that it lifts your spirits, can make you laugh or cry and at the end, you’ll wish you were back in that time and age. I sure did!
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