Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Which wash day?

 "They that wash on Monday
Have all the week to dry;
They that wash on Tuesday
Are not so much awry;
They that wash on Wednesday
Are not so much to blame;
They that wash on Thursday,
Wash for shame;
They that wash on Friday,
Wash in need;
And they that wash on Saturday,
Oh ! they are sluts indeed."

I have a friend who took early retirement and became the househusband.  He told me what he did on which day.  I was surprised when he said he washed the towels on Thursdays.

Now, I will admit that, when I was a little girl, wash day was Monday, but that was when washing machines had to be watched and the spinning done in a separate machine.

Nowadays a sunny, blowy day just begs for the towels to be washed.  By good fortune there was no rain today.

Laura Ingalls Wilder explained which chore should happen on which day:

 "Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Churn on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday."

I don't imagine she would approve of my waiting for a blue moon!


humel said...

I've never come across these before, but apparently I'm a slut lol!!

Elizabeth said...

This is definitely before emancipation!