Early Light: Remember when…

Today is Sunday June 8 . It is the 160th day of the year with 206 days remaining in 2008.clothesline

I saw something yesterday that has become almost obsolete in this century. Someone had improvised a clothesline in their back yard. I assume their dryer was on the fritz, or they were trying to save money on their utilities.

The sight brought memories flooding back of the pesky clotheslines of my youth. They were a necessity by day, but treacherous by night when you were out playing hide and seek. You’d go streaking across an unfamiliar lawn and nearly decapitate yourself on a wayward line. They also produced towels and washcloths as stiff as skateboards. They became natural exfoliators after hanging out in the sun all day.

As late as the 1970s, you could still see outhouses in the back of many homes in rural areas-leftovers from the pre-indoor plumbing days which weren’t really so long ago.outhouse I still enjoy taking the back roads when I travel, and have made a game of counting the nearly extinct structures. Oh, and how many telephone booths have you seen lately? Wonder where they went when they died? I would love to get my hands on one to put in my garden along with my vintage plow and and black iron wash pot.

I mentioned a rotary dial telephone the other day in the presence of a teenager. “Huh?,” she said as she fingered her sleek cellphone with keys so small you’d need a straight pin to dial the numbers. Ah, those were the days. Enough living in the past. I promise to return to current events next week. I think the deaths of two friends this week has me waxing nostalgic.

One thought on “Early Light: Remember when…

  1. Life is not infinite. Of course, this is a not a secret, but do we always remember about it? How can we feel the meaning of life staying at home? They say if you don’t like the place where you are – move, you’re not a tree after all. By the same tenet, I want to say that traveling – is an important component of fulfilling life. Let’s not waste life for nothing but explore this wonderful earth glob! It remains to take a step, just click world’s wonders and you will see all the riches of our world which are near to us. Very often various park complexes are just close to us, but we can’t find time for knowing the world. Start reading not fashion magazines but brochures with ancient legends. A well known poem says “What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare…” Let’s change our life!

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