Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Two Shoes Tuesday # 14 -- "Light(s)"
But Father Time got hold of me and so I will just write about an episode in my life where there were not lights.
The condition resulting from having 'no lights,' natural or artificial, is 'darkness.' Did you know that dogs DO NOT SEE very well in the dark? I had to prove that to Mrs. Jim as she thought that if cats could see in the dark then so could dogs. But they can't.
My story: When I was growing up on the farm, we did not have electricity until 1938. That was the year my younger sister, Lois was born.
Lois was trouble as soon as she was too old to be sleeping in Mom and Dad's bedroom. Our house only had two bedrooms, upstairs. At first there was one for my parents and one for me.
After Lois came she needed the bedroom that I had and so I was relegated to the front porch which was to be used as my sleeping room. Just a sleeping room. In the daytime my bed was put back as a studio couch and with the rockers and the other chairs our front porch was a place to hang out in the evenings. It was screened to keep the bugs out and also had storm windows for the winter to keep the winds out. But it got cold out there.
Yes, we had electricity and there were two lights hanging on the back side of the porch attached to the house wall. So I had light.
We also got an inside bathroom that year. It had a tub, a toilet, and a sink. And a closet for my clothes. We still took showers out on the back porch though. Now instead of a bucket of warmed water to bath with we had a real shower hose attached to the faucet used to fill the washing machine. We shared that part of the back porch with Mom's old Maytag machine.
Dad did not like us using the toilet in the bathroom either because it meant cleaning out the cesspool more often (the sink, toilet, and tub drained into the cesspool).
Helping the cesspool, the porch shower water ran outside into the back yard through a hole in the wall at floor level. When we weren't showering we put a big round wooden plug into the hole to keep snakes out. But we couldn't run any toilet water out into the back yard.
The 'light' story:
So we were supposed to use the outhouse (outside toilet in a little house) that we had used before. It was out behind the chicken house in the grove. If only company were to use the inside toilet and our family always used the outhouse we would probably never have to clean the cesspool out again. I don't think we did either.
The problem at night was that it was dark going out to the outhouse. I can't remember if I was afraid of the dark or just pretended to be. But at any rate I can remember convincing Lois always to walk with me at night, in the dark, out to the outhouse.
We may have had flashlights but not one to use going out there. They were saved for working in the dark or fixing things at night. I suppose that Lois also used the outhouse while we were out there. I don't remember that part..
Too bad the tree fell on it. Of course no one was inside, just a whole lot of memories left there waiting.
By the way, my story is true...Bill hung the wreath for me. He is back on the road.
Have a terrific day. :)
thank you for your visit and i will try to get back at you more often...i think of adi all the time and i miss her so much..how could you love so much a little doggie like that even though i never met her[except the few times she flew to canada and our house with a whole plane full of blogger pets!]...she was so much part of the family!....love terry
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