Rules for Clothesline
don’t even know what clotheslines are, better skip this.)
Author unknown - submitted by Dan Harless
1. You had
to hang the socks by the toes ... NOT the top.
2. You hung
pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs ... NOT the waistbands.
3. You had
to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes walk the entire
each line with a damp cloth around the lines.
4. You had
to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang “whites” with
and hang them first.
NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail! What would
6. Wash day
on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend, or on Sunday for
7. Hang the
sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your
in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y’know!)
didn’t matter if it was sub-zero weather... clothes would “freeze-dry.”
gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the
10. If you
were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not
two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next
off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes
ready to be ironed.
IRONED???!! Well, that’s a whole OTHER subject!
clothesline was a news forecast,
neighbors passing by,
no secrets you could keep,
clothes were hung to dry.
It also was
a friendly link,
neighbors always knew
had stopped on by,
To spend a
night or two.
you’d see the “fancy sheets”,
upon the line;
the “company table cloths”,
announced a baby’s birth,
who lived inside,
new infant clothes were hung,
carefully with pride!
The ages of
the children could,
how the sizes changed,
how much they’d grown!
told when illness struck,
sheets were hung;
nightclothes, and a bathrobe too,
said, “On vacation now”,
hung limp and bare.
“We’re back!” when full lines sagged,
With not an
inch to spare!
in town were scorned upon,
If wash was
dingy and gray,
neighbors carefully raised their brows,
the other way.
clotheslines now are of the past,
make work much less.
goes on inside a home,
miss that way of life,
It was a
neighbors knew each other best...
what hung out on that line.