Janet: I like hanging out clothes, it gives me a time to relax and enjoy the gentle breezes outside. I have a silly habit of attaching the clothes pins to the hem of my shorts so I don’t have to visit the clothes bag so often. I made my bag from a baby’s dress I got for a quarter at a yard sale. You just sew the hem together, button up the dress and hang the dress on a hanger. My neighbor also taught me to always take a damp paper towel with me to wipe the line with.
Ethel: What happy summer memories you’ve stirred! In my childhood days, nearly every house in the neighborhood had, and used, clotheslines. Mom and Grandma both had dryers, but in the summer everything was dried on the lines outside. When I was very small I loved to play between the lines when there were sheets and blankets on them, it made a sort of tent. Grandma would even hang hers extra low – on purpose! When I was a bit older I was enlisted to help fold things as they came off the line. There is no sweeter, fresher scent than sun-dried laundry! I no longer have the space to hang my laundry out, and I miss it!
Ken: Tipper, I put up a clothes line last fall and went the easy route by fastening it to the end of my porch. That way I can hang out my clothes in my houseshoes and not worry about getting stung by a honeybee or jacket. In my younger days I use to ride my bicycle down to my great uncle’s house. He made corn whisky and had a pet crow, which he loved to show off to folks when they came to visit. He’d put a saucer full of whisky on the floor and place that crow down beside it and when it was all gone, the ole crow would just stand there for about 5 minutes. (waiting for the kick) Then my uncle took a shiney washpan, put a couple of clothes pins in it and took the crow out on the porch and threw him in the air. By the end of the day that little washpan had 30 or 40 added pins, stolen from the neighborhood.
I love to hang out clothes. I love walking out into the yard; I love the smell of clothes and linens that have been hung out to dry. But I haven’t hung out one load of clothes all summer, maybe I can soon remedy that.