I purchased a stack of True West magazines for when I have to travel by airplane because magazines are relatively light and pack flat. It’s the only time I read them, but I enjoy history and reading about the early “wild west” days of our country. I came across this during my last trip. It was written by a pioneer woman and I’ve retained her unusual spellings. She also used no capital letters, but she did use commas and periods. She titled her work:
The Drudge of Laundry Day
- bild fire in back yard to het kettle of rain water.
- set tubs so smoke won’t blow in eyes if wind is peart.
- shave 1 hole cake lie sope in bilin water.
- sort things. make 3 piles. 1 pile white, 1 pile cullord, 1 pile work britches and rags.
- stur flour in cold water to smooth then thin down bilin water [to make starch].
- rub dirty spots on board. scrub hard. then bile. rub cullord but don’t bile just rench and starch.
- take white things out of keetle with broom stick handel then rench, blew and starch.
- pore rench water in flower bed.
- scrub porch with hot sopy water.
- turn tubs upside down.
- go put on cleen dress, smooth hair with side combs, brew cup of tee, set and rest and rock a spell and count blessings.
It’s very eye-opening to be able to see a first-hand account of what wash day was like in the 1800’s and what strikes me the most is how she took time to count her blessings. She finishes her work and takes time to count her blessings.
In the midst of what you may consider “the drudge of your day” do you take time to count your blessings? The apostle Paul tells us, “Each one of you is part of the body of Christ, and you were chosen to live together in peace. So let the peace that comes from Christ control your thoughts.” And then he ends his instruction with two powerful words: “Be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15) Brew your tea, grab your cup of coffee or your Pepsi and “set and rest and rock a spell and count your blessings.”
Counting my blessings,