Wash Day at Grandma's
© By Grady L. Duncan 
10/9/00
With a husband and ten kids, wash day was a job.
That's when grandma's family seemed like a mob.
With firewood to be cut, and well water to haul,
I wouldn't have blamed her, if she sit down and bawled.
A big cast iron wash pot was placed on the fire.
Bringing it to a boil, took about an hour.
While poking and stirring, adding lye soap as clothes turned,
They cautiously worked, trying not to get burned.
More water was hauled to fill, yet, another tub.
In it the whole laundry was soaped and hand scrubbed.
With hands sore and red, backs tired, the sweat poured,
While scrubbing each piece, on an old harsh rub board.
The last step in the process would finally commence.
Yet, another tub of water was filled for the rinse.
Bluing was then added to the rinse for all whites,
To remove all of the dinge, making them bright. 
The very last step is an absolute zinger.
The clothes were run thought an old hand cranked wringer.
Then each piece was hung on a clothesline nearby,
Hoping the sun would shine, helping them to dry.
Now, if you've grown bored and tired of this rhyme,
You can imagine the situation at grandma's laundry time.
So, all of you young mothers, complain if you may,
But, remember your grandmother on your laundry day.   
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