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Monday, April 13, 2009

More from the East Wichita News--1942

April is National Poem month so here is another one from 1942.
A Perfect Day
Grandmother, on a winter's day,
Milked the cows and fed them hay,
Slopped the hogs,saddled the
mule,
And got the children off to school;
Did a washing,mopped the floor,
Washed the windows,and did
some chores;
Cooked a dish of home-dried fruit,
Pressed her husband's Sunday suit,
Swept the parlor, made the bed,
Split some fire wood, and lugged in
enough to fill the kitchen bin;
Cleaned the lamps and put in oil,
Stewed some apples she thought
would spoil;
Churned some butter,baked a cake,
Then exclaimed "For heaven's sake
The calves have got out of the
pen"--
Went out and chased them in
again
Gathered the eggs and locked
the stable,
Back to the house and set the table,
Cooked a supper that was delic-
ious;
And afterwards washed all the
dishes;
Fed the cat and sprinkled the
clothes,
Mended a basketful of hose;
Then opened the organ and began to play
"When you come to the end of a
perfect day"

10 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

They didn't work too hard back in 1942, did they Betty???? ha ha... That made me tired just reading it. People did work harder back then I think.. We have gotten lazy as a people.. wonder what this country will be like in 66 yrs. from now??????? Yipes!!!

Thanks for that poem, Betty.
Hugs,
Betsy

Becky and Gary said...

I love it Betty, and these words are so true years ago. Grandma was a busy lady, and this happened every day!
B.

Michele said...

That is a wonderful poem. I cannot tell you how many times I have wished to live back in these days...

I hope your Easter weekend was nice.
Take care!

Small City Scenes said...

Sprinkle the clothes---don't I remember that. Just don't let them mildew. LOL

Hello Bellingham, I lve just down the road from you---north and east of Stanwood. I shall visit more often. MB

Small City Scenes said...

We put them in the refrigerator too but sometimes they would get left there too long.

Thanks for the visit. MB

Dragonstar said...

I love it! Sounds like a nice, quiet day for her, nothing much to do at all ;)

Powell River Books said...

Makes our life seem simple in comparison doesn't it. I missed 42 by a few years and didn't grow up on a farm, but maybe our fast paced, high tech lives would seem as complicated to them. Have a great weekend. - Margy

Diane@Diane's Place said...

I'm exhausted just reading it, much less actually doing it! ;o)

Hope you have a great weekend!

Hugs,

Diane

Kathleen said...

I love this poem Betty. Where did you come across the paper that it was in? Was that the year you were born?
I would love to put it on my website.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Nice poem