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2439Back Then :-)~~~>

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  • FrenchIndian@webtv.net
    Mar 19 11:36 AM
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      Thought i would give you all a smile ~do you remember this~~~>Jeanne

      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 on the line;
      You'd see the company table clothes
      With intricate design.
      The line announced a baby's birth
      To folks who lived inside
      As brand new infant clothes were hung
      So carefully with pride.
      The ages of the children could
      So readily be 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 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 gray,
      As neighbors raised their brows,
      And looked disgustedly away.
      But clotheslines now are of the past
      For dryers make work 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!