Sunday, February 04, 2007
Do you remember those days 'before dishwashers'? Maybe you choose not to have a dishwasher and wipe dishes by hand even yet. My husband's parents always used their dishwasher for storing cookbooks. For them, there nightly ritual of washing and drying dishes together created a time for conversation and togetherness. I remember hand-drying dishes with my sister as a child. The task was made lighter and more interesting by the games we played while we dried. One of our favorites was 'thinking land'. One of us would start a story, the other would continue it, and we would trade back and forth in creating stories about pioneers traveling west in covered wagons, or about the girl with hair a mile long. Sometimes our stories would continue for days, all whilst drying dishes! These days I'm thankful for a dishwasher. It seems there are always some that won't fit in, so the pleasures of the drying ritual are not lost on me, as kettles, china, and crystal are hand-done and so the tea towel is a useful tool in our home. Just walking down memory lane today, thinking of days gone by.
*Tea towels stitched by mom.
Posted by La Tea Dah at 12:25 PM