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beekeepersgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Luanne
Cresco PA
USA
1408 Posts

Posted - Apr 09 2010 :  11:18:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This poem was in today's Lehmans newsletter. I thought it was really cute - hope you enjoy it too!

A Clothesline Poem (Anonymous)
A clothesline was a news forecast, to neighbors passing by.
There were no secrets you could keep when clothes were hung to dry.
It also was a friendly link, for neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by to spend a night or two.
For then you’d see the “fancy” sheets and towels upon the line.
You’d see the “company tablecloth” with intricate design.
The line announced a baby’s birth, from folks who lived inside
As brand-new infant clothes were hung, so carefully with pride!
The ages of the children could so readily by known;
By watching how the sizes changed, you’d know how much they’d grown!
It also told when illness struck, as extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too haphazardly were strung.
It also said, “Gone on vacation now,” when lines hung limp and bare.
It told, “We’re back!” when full lines sagged with not an inch to spare!
New folks in town were scorned upon, if wash was dingy and gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows, and looked the other way…
But clotheslines now are of the past, for dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home is anybody’s guess!
I really miss that way of life - it was a friendly sign;
When neighbors knew each other best by what hung on the line.

Luanne
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Julia
True Blue Farmgirl

1949 Posts

Julia
Shelton WA
USA
1949 Posts

Posted - Apr 09 2010 :  12:51:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Luanne, thanks for sharing the poem! I like it. I need to put a clothesline here at my new house, I really miss having one.

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sandrose
Farmgirl at Heart

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SANDRA
WIND GAP PA
USA
3 Posts

Posted - Apr 09 2010 :  12:57:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a clothesline, hang put towels, jeans and mu nurses uniforms.Love it I also wear and make aprons..
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Candy C.
True Blue Farmgirl

823 Posts

Candy
Mescal AZ
USA
823 Posts

Posted - Apr 09 2010 :  1:26:31 PM  Show Profile  Send Candy C. a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for sharing Luanne!

Candy C.
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1badmamawolf
True Blue Farmgirl

2199 Posts

Teresa
"Bent Fence Farms" Ca
USA
2199 Posts

Posted - Apr 09 2010 :  3:40:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a great poem, will be printing it out and putting on a plaque to hang in the wash room. I've never owned a dryer, and never will, if the weathers bad, then they are hung inside, or on the porch, and I don't a rats ass, what people think when they see my "bloomers" flapping in the wind,lol.

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kristin sherrill
True Blue Farmgirl

11303 Posts

kristin
chickamauga ga
USA
11303 Posts

Posted - Apr 09 2010 :  8:03:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love that. What stories a clothes line can tell.

Kris

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farmmilkmama
True Blue Farmgirl

2027 Posts

Amy
Central MN
USA
2027 Posts

Posted - Apr 09 2010 :  8:18:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cute poem! I remember many years ago when we lived in our old house on main street in a small town and I wanted to hang my clothes...I would hang out everything on the line in the backyard except the "unmentionables". My grandma came to visit one day and I told her that I dried underwear in the house so people wouldn't see them. She said "What ever for? Everyone wears them, you know!"

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Bear5
True Blue Farmgirl

13055 Posts


Louisiana/Texas
USA
13055 Posts

Posted - Apr 09 2010 :  8:23:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Really nice! Thanks for sharing!
Marly

"It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up- that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had." Elisabeth Kurler-Ross
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maggie14
True Blue Farmgirl

6784 Posts

Hannah
Washington
USA
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Posted - Apr 09 2010 :  9:48:45 PM  Show Profile  Send maggie14 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much for sharing!
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Channah

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patchworkpeace
True Blue Farmgirl

478 Posts

Judy
Jackson Michigan
USA
478 Posts

Posted - Apr 10 2010 :  04:35:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Adorable poem. Glad you posted it.

Judy

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classygram
True Blue Farmgirl

1812 Posts

Brenda
Pleasant Hill Mo.
USA
1812 Posts

Posted - Apr 10 2010 :  04:55:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh how cute! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

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texdane
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4361 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4361 Posts

Posted - Apr 10 2010 :  05:10:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great poem, thanks for sharing. Amy: LOL!

Nicole

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Lessie Louise
True Blue Farmgirl

1406 Posts

Carol
PECULIAR MO
USA
1406 Posts

Posted - Apr 10 2010 :  08:15:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I really like that poem.It reminded me of the time we were visiting Amish country, one very early monday morning. Everyone had their laundry out, all in order, pants, shirts, dresses, etc. funny to see>

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Catherine
True Blue Farmgirl

166 Posts

Catherine Ann
Temple TX
USA
166 Posts

Posted - Apr 10 2010 :  08:46:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, I like that, thanks for sharing!
Blessings,
Catherine


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Lainey
True Blue Farmgirl

2401 Posts

Elaine
Waco Kentucky
USA
2401 Posts

Posted - Apr 10 2010 :  11:24:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love it! Yes, I can remember when more people here used their clotheslines and you could tell all that just by what or what not was hanging. Thanks for sharing that, Luanne!

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herblady55
True Blue Farmgirl

3378 Posts

Judy
Louisville Ohio(Stark Co)
USA
3378 Posts

Posted - Apr 10 2010 :  2:19:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Awww....thank you Luanne, I really liked that! How true it was too!

Sister-chick# 905(Oct.7th2009)
Judy
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sw80689
True Blue Farmgirl

207 Posts

Sharon
Papillion Nebraska
USA
207 Posts

Posted - Apr 11 2010 :  12:06:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for sharing that cute poem! I enjoyed it. How very true it is... I used to hang my clothes out but don't have a clothesline here. Perhaps I should put one up!
Blessings,

Sharon

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gypsy goat
True Blue Farmgirl

673 Posts

mary jo
michigan
673 Posts

Posted - Apr 11 2010 :  5:23:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
loved the poem- i hung a couple loads out today-they sure smell good

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natesgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

1735 Posts

angela
martinsville indiana
USA
1735 Posts

Posted - Apr 11 2010 :  7:34:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My Dh is gonna string up my new line before the end of the week. I love that poem. I'm gonna print it off and hang it in the laundry room.

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birdie71
True Blue Farmgirl

254 Posts

Robin
Glendale Arizona
USA
254 Posts

Posted - Apr 13 2010 :  06:48:27 AM  Show Profile  Send birdie71 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
How cute! It is sooo true how clotheslines can tell your story! Wow!

Robin
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