I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful Christmas. We really enjoyed having all our family with us – even if it was a short time. It is hard for families to get together very often – everyone is so busy these days. We had a new member of our family this year. We have a new great-grandson whom we had not seen – he is 8 months old now. We are proud of our family and love them all very much. We are the older generation and it is good to know that we have family to carry on our name and some of our traditions. After Thanksgiving I had time to reminisce and think about some of the changes that we are so thankful for. Some of them have made our lives much easier. We are most thankful for our family members who have gone on and left us their wonderful life. Some of the things that just come to mind was having running water. When I grew up we had to draw water from a bored well. We had to start drawing water on a Sunday afternoon to get ready for Monday wash day. The well bucket must have held about 2 gallons of water, so you can imagine how many times we had to let that bucket up and down to get enough water to fill 3 big washtubs and 2 wash pots. But today we have washers and dryers and most of the garments do not even have to be ironed. We had to heat flat irons on a wood stove and it wasn’t easy to get all the wrinkles out of our clothes.
Another thing that is so much easier is our kitchen stove. We cooked on a “wood stove”. I hated to bring in “stove wood”. It had to be done right after lunch and it was hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The wood was pine and usually we got resin on our arms. Now we don’t have to chop wood to heat the homes — just turn on the thermostat and we have instant heat or cooling all over our homes.
It was also my job to grind the coffee. That wasn’t such a bad job even though it wasn’t too easy turning the crank by hand. But it was a good smelling job.
Another thing is our way of transportation. It was “By Foot” everywhere we went. We walked 2 miles to church and Sunday School come rain or shine, but we only lived 2 blocks from school.
Isn’t the vacuum cleaner great? It’s not too easy to push through carpet – but it is a lot better than having to sweep the floor with a “shuck mop”. If you don’t know what that is – it is the shuck from corn – dried and cleaned and pushed into a board with hole in it. We sprinkled white sand on the floor and the floors were pretty and white, but were full of “splinters” that got into our bare feet.
Have you ever slept on a “shuck mattress”? You talk about lumpy – boy it was the best description I could give.
I am so thankful for all the conveniences that have made our lives easier, but the thing I’m most thankful for is that our Lord has not changed – He is the same today as He has always been. He loves us and blesses us in the way He has always done and we are so thankful for that. So let’s remember in 2010 that we don’t forget to thank God for all the blessings He bestows on us each day of our lives.
******I have found some more of Mrs. Pearl’s writings. I will post them as I find them. DSU.