Monday, January 17, 2011
Conversation About Air-Drying Clothes Sparks Childhood Memory
One of my readers and I have been carrying on a discussion about air-drying clothes. I suddenly remembered (and found) this quote from Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE"...
""When that's all done," said Ma, "I want a clothes-line."
Pa laughed, "Yes, and I want a well."
After dinner he hitched Pet and Patty tot he wagon and he hauled a tubful of water from the creek, so that Ma could do the washing. "You could wash clothes in the creek," he told her. "Indian women do."
"If we wanted to live like Indians, you could make a hole in the roof to let the smoke out, and we'd have the fire on the floor inside the house," said Ma. "Indians do."
That afternoon she washed the clothes in the tub and spread them on the grass to dry."
And by the way...a friend of mine and I visited the 'Little House on the Prairie' site last fall. Although Ma's clothesline is long gone, Pa's well is still there! :)