Saturday is the day for fun but also can be a day for getting some things done around our home. I do not work outside the home and do most of my housekeeping during the week so that I can enjoy time on the weekend with my husband. But, some weekends, my husband and I spend time doing projects around the house that we would like to work on. This weekend, I am hoping that my husband and I can get a light installed on one of my oil paintings in the den. If all goes well, I will have a couple of photos to show you this next week. For many people that work, the weekend is a time to catch up on things like laundry. I was looking through some photos my son and his fiance took on a recent trip to Italy and noticed this photo of laundry drying in the breeze. It immediately brought back memories of being a little girl and seeing the freshly washed laundry hanging on the clothesline in the back yard of my childhood home in Florida. I especially remember the sheets blowing to and fro in the wind....clothes moving to the rhythm of the wind....almost like a dance. If I close my eyes....I am back there again.
I can also picture my grandfather in a big straw hat with a clothespin bag. "Papa" always wore a big straw hat when he was outside in the sun to protect his skin. He would wear this hat if he was outside gardening, too. He loved growing papayas and flowers in his yard. He was older than my grandmother who still worked at a Citrus packing house in Florida. When we were young, my sister and I would go over to stay with my grandparents in Winter Haven, Florida, for a week during the summer. We would see my grandfather in his hat hanging up the laundry to dry for my grandmother. These images will stay in my mind forever. I can still smell the freshness of the clothes as we unpinned them from the line and placed them into a basket to bring inside.
Thinking of these memories today makes me wonder how many of the little chores that we do everyday.....the little ordinary things we do...like laundry, cooking, and cleaning....that will later become little memories that will surface one day for our children. Funny....we want to do all kinds of fun things with our children so that they will have things later to recall us doing together. But, in the end, it is the little ordinary things in life that we do each day that they will remember the most.
Before I leave you today, I would like to share this beautiful platter that seems to really go with my blog posting today. Hope you love it as much as I do. It was created by my new blogging friend, Julie Whitmore.