Workin’ on a Clothesline

Categories: green living |

I once heard that you spend your adulthood trying to overcome what your parents did to you during your childhood. I’ve finally triumph over the trauma of my mother hanging my period stained panties on the clothesline during my insecure Junior High years.

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The previous residents of our home left a clothesline. I immediately made plans to take it down. I’ve always associated clotheslines with poverty and white trash. But when the indomitable said he liked the smell of clothes dried outdoors, I started thinking. The dryer is the second largest energy glutton appliance, behind the refrigerator. It costs an average of $85 a year. Now, I realize that spreading $85 over twelve months doesn’t seem like that much. However, I’ve recently discovered that making earth friendly changes gives you a snobby sense of righteousness. The clothes line is no longer poor; it is smugly.


  1. Jennifer- Kelly's mom

    I sure don’t remember hanging your stained laundry on the clothes line but perhaps I was trying to sterilize them in the sun! I do remember having to use the clothes line when the dryer went out. I remember hanging out jeans to dry and they were so stiff that you could stand them alone in the corner.

    I eventually got out of the habit of hanging out the clothes. Part of that was due to the fragrant aroma of dog and their deposits wafting in the air. The clothes just didn’t smell the same with a dog in the back yard.

    I don’t have a dog now but the clothes line strings have rotted and fallen apart. I tried to find replacement lines at Wal-mart last month and they didn’t have any. I guess the clothes line isn’t too popular any more if even Wal-mart no longer carries the string.

  2. Maryetta

    I want a clothes line…..

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