On grandma's backporch
there was a washstand,
and on that stand was
a bucket of water, a 'washpan',
(probably homemade lye soap) and a towel
hanging from a nail close by...
You had to wash up before
you came into her kitchen to eat a meal...
ears and 'behind' your ears, and
those days we didn't have water coming into
the house, it came from a 'well' and was
the house in a 'water
There was two things that
grandma wouldn't tolerate
at her table, one
was dirty hands and the other was
mouth, which meant 'bad language!'
have had my mouth washed with that lye soap a
'few' times there in front of that ol' washstand
when I was a youngster... Yes, she was very
strict about that....
And she always gave thanks
to God for the meals
she prepared and also
for the water and soap
so we could be
One of her favorite saying
'cleanliness is next to godliness!'
I always thought that was a scripture
straight from the bible! ha haaa