“If I could go back and do anything different, I would help my mother with laundry.
Back in the 1940s, our family didn’t have the convenience of washers and dryers like you kids have now. We had an old ringer washer, one with a water basin and you would pass each garment individually through a metal roller press, one at a time, crank the handle to ring the water out of them. Then you hung them outside on the line to dry.
All the men of the house- my Dad and my brothers, they worked up on the hill there at the garage doing car repair. And you know they came home each day covered with oil, grease and whatnot. And there were 7 of us kids. My mom did the work all by herself; Can you imagine how much work that was? And not one of us helped her. No one even thought about it- it was her job.
If I could go back and do anything, I would do the laundry so she wouldn’t have to.”